Divisional Commander praises participants of recruitment Facebook chat

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Highlands and Islands most senior Police officer has praised those who participated in an interactive Facebook chat event held on 30th January 2014 on the subject of police and special constable recruitment.

Over 8,000 Facebook users viewed the two-hour discussion, which saw more than 140 comments posted during the session, including responses to questions.

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Julian Innes said on hosting the event: “I want to thank everyone for their comments and questions last night and hope that it was informative, not only for those actively participating, but to the many more who viewed the chat during and after the event.”

For information on the recruitment process or to fill out an application form visit the recruitment section of the Police Scotland website http://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/.

If selected, newly recruited officers will complete twelve weeks training at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan near Stirling and thereafter recruits are posted to local police offices, where they will serve a probationary period of two years.

The starting salary is £23,493 rising to £26,223 after completing 31 weeks of the initial training. The salary then rises again to £27,747 on completion of two years service when officers are confirmed.

Chief Superintendent Innes continued: “Policing is not just a varied and worthwhile career for you but a fantastic opportunity to help be a part of keeping your community safe.”

Anyone wishing to view the chat can do so by going to the Police Scotland, Highland and Islands Divisional Facebook page.