Recruiting Officer postAugust 2, 2010
Here I will try to give an insight into some roles I feel will go under the new coalition governmental regime. The first role I am going to focus on at a time of shrinking finances is the most important crime cutting role of recruitment officer.
- Work 0800-1600, Mondays to Fridays; with weekends off and lots of half days.
- Be able to write up to 5 emails per week to evidence their use of the English language. Doesn’t really matter what the content is.
- Be able to engage communities by holding recruitment fairs at recognised religious places of worship and other centres. This is despite the fact that some hard to reach communities will not attend such establishments.
- Ensure they have one big van, which carries all their bits and bobs, is fully marked up with “Recruiting Team,” yet sits idle most of the week.
- Ensure that they meet with potential recruits and coach them appropriately to pass the recruitment process. Coaching includes checking their application forms and re-writing entire paragraphs or re-writing the whole form. But this must only be done out of the eyeshot of both the HR Director and the Inspector in charge of the Team. If they are ever asked whether they do write forms for candidates they must strongly deny this. The Inspector in charge of the team is to attend all Force Diversity meetings and nod and smile.
- Each team will operate with One Inspector; 2 PC’s, one of whom will be Black and or gay; the other female and/or gay; and a part-time administrative police support staff member. The staff wages of each unit will be approximately £120,000.
- They must also always smile and be happy. And yes, nod their heads like their Inspector does.
At a time when the front line are facing cuts and there is little or no recruitment; recruitment officers will work alongside Specials training and second as police trainers. Unbelievable, but true. What really do recruitment officers do? Nothing really. Those that want to join the police, irrespective of their background, will work hard to get in. Recruiting officers are just another fancy word for building trust; and that is all. But this is not the way to build trust!