As of 26th June this year, Hampshire had completed the last of its recruitment activity for the first year of this programme, with 3,000 applications being received.
The Force say they are determined that the Constabulary truly reflects the communities they serve, and throughout the application process they have been seeking quality candidates as well as greater diversity.
It has been confirmed 9 of the 156 new officers will be on the Isle of Wight. This allocation is based on thorough analysis of crime figures and the demand in each districts.
Hampshire Constabulary operate a ‘borderless’ policy, which ensures officers can be deployed away from their assigned location if it is deemed operationally necessary.
43 of the new officers will be deployed across local crime investigation departments, the contact management team and specialist criminal investigation teams such as the Child Abuse Investigation Team.
Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth said:
“We are constantly striving to serve and support all in our communities the best we can each day.
“Part of this is ensuring that, as a force, we truly reflect those we are serving.
“It is very pleasing to see that within the 3,000 applications received there 13 per cent who are from diverse backgrounds.
“I am also very happy that we have been able to push forward with our recruitment programme throughout the pandemic, and that we are now able to announce how we will be deploying the 156 officers who will be hired through the government uplift.
“It has been great to see many high quality candidates applying to join the force.
“Our aim is to become an employer of choice, focused on attraction, retention and progression, bringing the best and talented individuals into the Constabulary, ensuring they can all reach their true potential.”