CPS widens net to snare new director

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS)
director of serious casework.

In a bid to attract applicants to the £80,000 a year post, the CPS is using
adverts showing a caped figure on a bike. They tell candidates that ‘not all
superheroes who fight crime in the metropolis are caped crusaders’.

CPS HR director Angela O’Connor, said: "I guess what we’re saying is
that you don’t have to be super-human to be a high-flyer. We want to shed the
traditional, dull perception of detailed legal work, to illustrate just how
exciting it can be."

The director of serious casework oversees more than a million cases a year
but, according to the advert, does not need x-ray vision to get the job.
However, he or she is expected to have extensive experience in criminal justice
work as a solicitor or barrister.

The adverts were developed by executive resourcing firm, Veredus. Bambos
Eracleous, a consultant at the company, said: "There are people out there
who are qualified to do this sort of job, but who would not normally be
attracted to a position in the public sector.

"We hope that this unusual approach to the recruitment adverts will
spread the net more widely and catch the attention of these people."

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