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Surrey Police continues to recruit despite coronavirus pandemic

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Surrey Police continues to recruit despite coronavirus pandemic

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 3rd May 2020.

Surrey Police will be one of five forces with access to new online recruitment selection from next week amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is thanks to innovation by the College of Policing, which has moved the first point of the process online.

Surrey Police has said 78 new recruits under 'Operation Uplift' are expected in the county by March 2021.

Measures being introduced by the College of Policing include guidance on essential biometric vetting - taking fingerprints and DNA - for new recruits, as well as being able to request an online assessment centre which will replace the need for face-to-face contact with candidates.

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens confirmed that in February, more than 270 people applied to be a Surrey police officer.

This is reportedly one of the largest application rates in the past 18 months.

Mr Stephens said the numbers show that "despite the challenge and environment, there's still a real interest and willingness for people to want to join policing".

The force has also thanked the 787 people who have volunteered to help Surrey Police and Sussex Police during the pandemic.

These include both retired or former officers and staff as well as members of the public.

There are also currently 42 volunteers in posts within their local resilience forums, contact centres, coroner’s offices, safety camera partnership and as special constables.