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Consider move to policing in 2019 as research shows majority want to change careers

With new research suggesting that the majority of people say they would change their career if they could, people in Worcestershire, Telford & Wrekin, Shropshire and Herefordshire are being urged to consider the move to policing in 2019.

The recent survey of 3,190 people found two thirds of respondents (64%) would choose a different career path if they could pick again.

West Mercia Police is currently recruiting new officers and inspectors, and is looking for candidates who don't have previous policing experience but can demonstrate their enthusiasm for protecting people from harm, diversity of thought and range of life experiences. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum of a level 3 qualification, equivalent to two A levels at grades A-C, or have previous relevant experience, such as in the armed forces or emergency services.

Applicants with a degree can apply to become an officer with the force's Police Now programme, which offers support and guidance through the two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme, while candidates with middle management experience can join at inspector level through the Direct Entry Programme.

New officers receive a starting salary of £23,585, rising to £39,150 within the first seven years, as well as access to a range of attractive benefits including pension and a myriad of staff support networks. Inspectors' salaries start at £50,160.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said: "The New Year is often a time when people start reconsidering their career options. Joining West Mercia Police, you'll quickly find that no two days are the same. Policing is a challenging and rewarding career, yet is flexible around family and caring commitments.

"As a police officer, you'll get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out on a new career that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the familiar face of West Mercia Police in the community, while our Direct Entry inspectors will be leading from the front, making difficult decisions and managing competing demands.

"We particularly want to hear from people from diverse communities who are looking for a change of career in 2019 and want to use their skills, experience and passion to make a difference in their communities."

Inspector Lewis Lincoln-Gordon said: "I was previously a senior social worker in child protection, leading on complex investigations, practice development and organised criminality. I was impressed with West Mercia's focus on vulnerability and this fits with both my experience and passion.

"I feel very privileged to be an Inspector, a direct entrant and above all, a police officer. It provides an opportunity to engage with people who have experienced a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events and reduce the likelihood of further occurrences. I feel proud to be a part of the policing family and look forward to continuing my journey."

To find out more about applying to become a police officer or inspector with West Mercia Police, go to https://www.westmercia.police.uk/careers.