A drive to recruit more police officers across Lichfield and Burntwood has been launched.

Staffordshire Police is encouraging people to consider signing up to join the force.

The ‘A job like no other’ campaign will run through to 2020 and see recruits complete training as well as studying for a professional qualification at Staffordshire University.

Justine Kenny, Staffordshire Police’s director of people and resources, said she was keen to see applicants from those who had never considered policing as a career.

“We really want to see a diverse and wide range of applicants for these critical roles in our community,” she said.

“We’d encourage those who haven’t considered a career in policing to find out more about the job. 

“Our officers play a vital role in ensuring that the communities of Staffordshire are kept safe.

“Few jobs can be more rewarding than that of a police officer, from day one you’ll be making a difference.” 

“Changing needs of 21st century policing”

Successful recruits will join Staffordshire Police as an officer through one of two new entry routes and Staffordshire University will deliver the course and qualifications. 

Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro-Vice Chancellor of place and engagement at Staffordshire University, said: “We are delighted to be educating and training the region’s future workforce to meet the changing needs of 21st century policing.

“The police constable degree apprenticeship offers a fully-funded route to gain a Staffordshire University degree combined with on-the-job experience to enter a career in policing. 

“We have an established track-record of delivering successful policing and forensic science degrees and are highly experienced in preparing students for successful careers with the police.”

The degree holder entry programme is aimed at graduates of any subject area and offers a two-year, practice-based programme.

For more information and to apply, visit the Staffordshire Police website.