A graduation ceremony welcomed 29 new police officers into Hertfordshire Constabulary last week (Friday, March 15).
The new constables passed out after completing a 16 week training course and will now be deployed across the county.
During the ceremony, which took place at Longfield Training Development Centre in Stevenage, they paraded in front of Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and Chief Constable Charlie Hall.
The latest recruits follow 32 other graduates who joined Hertfordshire police two months ago. Earlier this year Mr Lloyd promised to put 75 more police officers on the streets by using the money from the Council Tax precept, which increased by an average of £2 a month.
Addressing the new officers Mr Lloyd said: “You have exciting careers ahead of you. It is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do, but it can be difficult too and we recognise the sacrifice you are making.
“You are a police officer all of the time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 52 weeks a year. When you put the uniform on people will be drawn to you in their time of need. It will be a privilege and a challenge.
“Every day I know you will strive to uphold the exemplary standards expected from Hertfordshire Constabulary.”
Chief Constable for Hertfordshire, Charlie Hall said: “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than welcoming more officers in to the Constabulary.
“There is plenty of work for you to do out there and you will thoroughly enjoy it. You will have some wonderful opportunities available, if you chose to specialise it could be in departments including the traffic, dogs or firearms.
“Many of you want to be detectives, this is the second graduation we have had which includes entrants through our graduate accelerated detective scheme. The nature of crime is changing and we need people to undertake complex investigations.”
The training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims.
Below is the number of officers that will deployed in the following districts -
Stevenage – 2
Watford – 4
Hertsmere – 4
North Herts – 4
Dacorum – 7
Broxbourne – 3
Welwyn Hatfield – 3
St Albans – 3
Have you considered whether representing your community as a police officer is for you? The Constabulary offers career progression, personal development and a welcoming, supportive workplace to people with different life experiences and backgrounds.
You can register your interest or submit your application at www.hertspolicecareers.co.uk.
For more information please contact:
Nigel Atkins Senior Communications Officer, Hertfordshire PCC on 01707 806163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hertfordshire is a safe place to live and work but should you ever become a victim of crime then the Beacon team is available to help you. www.hertfordshirebeacon.org