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Nottinghamshire Police recruits more than 70 officers in a week to help with coronavirus

Nottinghamshire Police has taken on more than 70 officers in the last week to help with the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire Police has announced the biggest intake of officers in its history to help with the coronavirus outbreak.

The force has taken on more than 70 officers in the last week, in what it says is the biggest recruitment drive in the country outside of London's Metropolitan Police.

A total of 72 officers have been taken on, and are due to start shadowing other officers 'within weeks'. The process has been done online rather than face to face, and there could be another recruitment drive in April in a bid to get 150 officers in the next 12 months.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "The additional numbers will bolster my hard-working officers and staff who have continued to do a brilliant job despite the challenges we are currently facing.

"We are ahead of the national curve on recruitment of additional officers and it is great to be in this position, especially at this current time so that we can support our officers on the front line as they patrol the streets encouraging people to stay indoors to save lives."

The additional numbers will bolster my hard-working officers and staff who have continued to do a brilliant job.

– Craig Guildford, Chief Constable

He added: "In order to support this critical piece of work we have changed some of our training so we can have this solid reserve of officers ready to be deployed where we need them.

"This will help us with the work we are doing to help stop the spread of coronavirus. They will be given self-defence and first-aid training and we'll have them out with our patrols as quickly as we can. The recruitment team and training staff have done a great job in very challenging circumstances."

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