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Half of force's new PCs are women

Female officers have accounted for 46 per cent of the latest intake of probationary constables to join Police Scotland.
Published - 06/04/2021 By - Chloe Livadeas

Of the 179 new officers 82 of them were women.

On the force’s recruitment page of its website, it states it can offer recruits a “range of family friendly policies including those that promote a work/life balance”.

12 per cent of the new intake are from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The force said a significant number of the recruits are graduates with degrees in disciplines including Law, Criminology, Psychology, Robotics and Cybertronics, Forensic Anthropology and Applied Pharmacology.

The intake also includes six former Special Constables, a fraud advisor, civil servant, footballer and a civil engineer. 

The new recruits took their Oath of Office at a ceremony at Police Scotland’s Headquarters at Tulliallan Castle in Fife attended by the chief constable.

Chief constable Ian Livingstone said: “Although we have much still to do, this particular intake of new Constables reflects the progress Police Scotland has made in our drive to increase recruitment from under-represented groups.

“Policing in Scotland takes its authority and legitimacy from the people of Scotland and I remain committed to doing everything I can to ensure the service represents and reflects the communities we serve.”

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