West Mercia Police has started a recruitment drive for new police officers.

The police say that if you enjoy facing challenges, solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe whilst developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “The public want visible, accessible policing focused on resolving the problems in our communities. I am delivering this by protecting the frontline, bolstering police numbers through this recruitment drive and prioritising resources to keep our communities safe.”

Martin Evans, Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia Police said: “Policing has changed over time but it remains one of the most challenging, unpredictable yet utterly rewarding jobs I know.

“A career with West Mercia Police is one that I recommend to anyone who wants to make a positive difference every day to the lives of the people in their community.”

The minimum eligibility criteria is:

Minimum Qualification – you must have a level 3 qualification (i.e. 2 ‘A’ levels (A-C grade), or equivalent) or previous relevant experience in a police role (Police Community Support Officer, Special Constable)

Cautions and convictions – you must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)

Tattoos – you must not have tattoos on your face, neck or hands or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues

Fitness – you must be physically fit and not have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 18 or over 30. You will not be medically cleared for appointment whilst your BMI is outside this range.

If you’re interested in becoming a police officer find out more here.