Merseyside Police exceeds officer recruitment target

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Merseyside Police has exceeded its police officer recruitment target, strengthening police numbers across the region. More than 665 additional police officers have joined Merseyside Police within the last four years, as part of the national Police Uplift programme.

Merseyside Police now has a total of 4181 police officers serving the communities of Merseyside, helping build on the commitment to  protect communities from those intent on causing harm, or being involved in criminal behaviour.
A spokesperson for the force said “Bringing these additional officers into Merseyside Police, through the Uplift Programme, reinforces our commitment to putting our communities across Merseyside at the heart of everything we do.

“This uplift has really enabled us to strengthen our existing capabilities and create new roles to boost our fight against those who cause harm in our communities. The additional officers play a key role in delivering the more visible local police service that our communities want to see with more officers available to prevent and reduce crime, keep people safe and support victims.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jennifer Sims added: “A lot of hard work has gone in to the recruitment and training of the officers throughout the last four years and we couldn't have done it without the support of officers and police staff across the force who have recruited, trained and issued uniform and kit to enable new officers to serve our communities.
“We have had thousands of applications during the Uplift Programme and I am pleased to say that our recruitment lines are open again, so I would encourage anyone who thinks a career in policing could be right for them to apply. You could make a positive and meaningful difference to the lives of people across Merseyside.”

Recruitment will continue throughout 2023/24 and we have a variety of entry routes to enable more people to be able to join and represent their communities:

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA): Entrants can earn while they learn with the PCDA, which is a three year programme which enables you to to study for a degree whilst training on the job.

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP): If you already have a degree, or are due to graduate before the proposed intake date, then this is the programme for you.

Detective Pathway Programme - Degree holder: If you have a degree, or will graduate before the proposed intake date this route will give you a streamlined route to becoming a Detective Constable. The pathway is an intensive two-and-a-half-year programme of learning.

Professional Policing Degree: A degree in Professional Policing, which can be completed in two or three years and is a full-time course. The degree gives students the chance to gain a thorough understanding and in-depth knowledge of professional policing with a focus on social sciences, research and legal knowledge 

Initial Police Learning Development Programme: A non-academic route