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Overseas Police Recruitment Drives

Overseas Police Recruitment Drives

According to the UK Office of National Statistics, 6.9%* of workers left the British police force during the last year. Full-time equivalent Police officers were down by 4,516 and Police Community Support Officer’s by 1.3%. This isn’t surprising as the figures for police officers across England and Wales have been on the decline since 2010 and a squeeze on government spending has resulted in fewer police officers.

According to the UK Office of National Statistics, 6.9%* of workers left the British police force during the last year. Full-time equivalent Police officers were down by 4,516 and Police Community Support Officer’s by 1.3%. This isn’t surprising as the figures for police officers across England and Wales have been on the decline since 2010 and a squeeze on government spending has resulted in fewer police officers.

However the promise of a better life overseas is popular amongst British bobbies as this year the overseas police recruitment drive for Western Australia was a big hit. The Step Forward international recruiting team was inundated with around 600 applications from the UK and Ireland, for the 250 initial appointments on offer.

One police officer who was successful a few years ago was Stella Hartley. Aged-32, she left the South Yorkshire Police where she’d worked as a Constable on the safer neighbourhood’s team, and secured a job in Western Australia. Stella moved to Adelaide with the help of Crown Relocations and began her new role during 2008.

Stella told me why moving 13,000 miles to work on the other side of the world was the best decision she ever made.

“I decided to apply as part of an overseas recruitment drive because I needed a change. I wanted a better lifestyle and quality of life and was in desperate need of some sunshine! I wasn’t sure what working in Australia was going to bring other than a new adventure but I needed to put a bit of life back into the job. I knew that if I stayed in the UK, I would have had to look for a new job or retrain, which didn’t appeal to me.

“I finished my post in Adelaide after 18 months and moved to Coober Pedy Police Station as a Senior Constable – the ranking system is a bit different in Australia and there are a lot more levels. Working in Australia is quite different to the UK. The job is the same but the Aussie way of doing things is more logical and the lifestyle is far more laid back. Some days I can be patrolling the beach and enjoying the fresh air and other days I can be working in a domestic violence unit.

“The pay is comparatively higher, mainly because the cost of living is high. I am paid well for public holidays and overtime and I have plenty of annual leave entitlements. We have a very strong police association here too who look after us very well. I can see why more and more people are considering relocation and I would urge people to give it a try because if you don’t you will never know.”

Stella’s just one of many British police that relocate every year. With the recession, the slow economy and the soaring cost of living all taking its toll, it’s easy to see why recruitment drives are popular.

Although police applications for Canada and Australia are now closed, New Zealand is still actively seeking UK recruits and we can help. According to New Zealand’s New Cops website they post: “˜We are seeking applicants with an understanding of different languages and cultures. We welcome applications from everyone who has what it takes, regardless of their culture, faith, gender or sexuality.’ Crown’s mantra is go knowing and our team of highly trained consultants can advise you on all aspects of relocating to equip you with the business and cultural knowledge you need to make your relocation successful.

About the Author: Sarah Hartland writes for Crown Relocations who operates from more than 265 locations in nearly 60 countries, providing end-to-end relocation services. For more information about Crown Relocations, please visit www.moveoverseas.co.uk

 

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