Staffordshire Police calling on retired officers to return to work during coronavirus pandemic

Retired police officers and staff are being called to return to work in Staffordshire during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Staffordshire Police chief Gareth Morgan, who had to self-isolate with symptoms of coronavirus last month, has said that demand on the force will grow due to the impact of coronavirus.

And members of the public are also being urged to consider volunteering to support the force, although it is not yet clear how they will be asked to help.

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Chief Constable Morgan said: “We know that demand on the force will grow in the coming weeks and we want to make sure that we are taking all necessary steps now so that we can maintain our operational resilience and continue to provide the best possible service to local communities.

"That’s why we are taking the time now to identify former colleagues and members of the community who are interested in helping to support Staffordshire Police.”

Retired police officers or staff members who are interested can complete and submit the Expressions of Interest form on the force website.

They are asked to provide details of specific skills or experience so they can be matched to roles which may need support such as front line posts, working alongside control room staff and taking reports from the public.

The force’s HR team will then be in touch with more details about the process and to explain the terms and conditions.

Former officers and staff – as well as members of the public - can also register their interest in volunteering opportunities by filling out a form here.

A force spokesman said due to the rapidly-developing situation it is not yet clear how former officers, staff or volunteers would be asked but that applying would help the force process forms quickly and be ready to react when necessary.

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