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Specialist recruitment start-up puts focus on police and emergency services

A SPECIALIST recruitment agency has been launched in Liverpool that aims to help prepare and propel the careers of people working in the police and emergency services sectors.

Careers in Blue is the brainchild of retired police officers Chris Farrell and Jan Scrutton, who boast a combined 60 years’ experience in the force.

Having worked with The Women’s Organisation on their business plan, Careers in Blue launched in September 2021 and has made a steady start, but the pair say they are looking to grow significantly in 2022.

Director and former Detective Sergeant, Chris Farrell says: “We hope to grow significantly within the police forces over the next year and feel strongly that we have launched Careers in Blue at a particularly pertinent time, with record numbers of women taking up roles police force.”

Founding director and former assessor for specialist national units, Jan Scrutton adds: “Starting a business has been a completely new experience for us, but Chris and I being best friends for more than 25 years’ has certainly helped the process. We complement each other’s skillsets and work well together, taking the pressure off one another when needed – and as they say, two heads are better than one.

“We have had exceptional support from The Women’s Organisation too. It has been great to know that our business advisor is at the end of the phone when we need him, and we can’t thank him enough for his help, support and guidance.”

Former Detective Sergeant, Chris Farrell, spent more than 30 years with the police force, specialising in counter terrorism policing and national forensic management, and was widely regarded for her knowledge on applications and interview processes.

Jan Scrutton also boasts more than 30 years’ policing experience in various roles, ranks and was responsible for recruitment process for specialist national units. Both Jan and Chris have an innate understanding of the Competency Value Framework (CVF), which is the cornerstone of any police recruitment process.

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