TEENAGERS as young as 17 can now apply to become a police officer – although will have to wait a year before doing the job, as Police force aims to meet the pledge of adding 20,000 new officers.
The change means people too young to buy a pint can put themselves up for enforcing the law as rules were altered earlier this year in a drive to improve recruitment figures for the force.
New recruitment guidance states, ‘Candidates aged 17 and above may apply to become a police officer and may take up appointment on reaching the age of 18 or above, if successful.
‘There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind that the normal retirement age is 60 and that new recruits are required to undertake the required probationary period.
‘For the Police Constable Apprenticeship Degree this is three years and for the Degree Holder Entry Programme this is two years.’