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Police should increase graduate recruitment

Published: Friday, 20 March 2009   Category: Public sector

A career in the police force is not often a popular choice for middle-class students looking for graduate jobs, and the police must seek to increase their graduate recruitment, according to Peter Neyround.

Mr Neyround, who is the former chief constable of Thames Valley Police and the current chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency, is also an Oxford history graduate, reports the Times.

He told the publication that there are plenty of middle-class graduates wanting to join the police force, but the job needs to provide a challenging professional career.

"If we are going to attract people, we have to offer people from middle-class backgrounds, whose children now have an expectation of university education, the challenge of a profession that meets a graduate's expectations," he said.

North Yorkshire Police launched a campaign last month to recruit more police community support officers (PCSOs), adding to its current number of 185 PCSOs across the country.

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