Police recruiting for the first time in three years

Bedfordshire Police at a crime scene

Bedfordshire Police will start recruiting new officers for the first time in three years, it was decided today. It's hoped that up to 80 new regular police officers will arrive over the course of the next 12 months.

The force opened recruiting to new Special Constables earlier this year, and a batch of new PCSOs will be hitting the streets in just two weeks’ time, after completing their training course.

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Colette Paul Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“I’m keen to recruit people as soon as we can, as our frontline resources are particularly stretched after a long period of recruitment freeze,” said Chief Constable Colette Paul. “We’ve planned in this recruitment drive by making savings elsewhere.”