PCC welcomes more officers to record breaking Herts force
Proud families and friends were able to watch our newest police officers being officially welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary yesterday (Monday 7 March) – for the first time in two years.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyda and Chief Constable Charlie Hall presented the 12 new apprentice police officers framed certificates to mark the end of their initial 22 weeks’ training. They include a former Royal Navy head chef, legal clerk and ex-retail workers ready for a new challenge.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “Speaking to these new officers yesterday I got a real sense of their commitment to help the people of Hertfordshire. They will be there for members of our communities during times of their greatest need, and we should all be thankful for that.

“They are a vital part of our largest every force, which already has more front-line officers in Hertfordshire than at any time in its history, and it will continue to expand further during the forthcoming year.”

Mr Hall added: “There’s nothing I enjoy more than welcoming new police officers into our police family, and I was delighted to welcome their families and friends to celebrate their achievement at police headquarters,” he smiled.

“COVID restrictions have prevented us from hosting this important day for the police officers and their family and friends for two years, so it was wonderful to get back to normal.”

He said: “We heard from the training team how this group tackled their training with grit and determination and I know they will do me and their families proud. They will spend the next two and a half years continuing their on-the-job training as they work towards gaining their degrees in Professional Policing Practice.

“We’re still recruiting police officers from all backgrounds and walks of life, and I would especially encourage applications from Black, Asian and ethnic minority people as we want to represent the communities we serve. Our dedicated Positive Action recruitment team are there to support you, with serving officers volunteering to mentor hopefuls as they prepare their application. Just get in touch.”

The student officers start their first postings across the county on Monday 14 March, with two based in Broxbourne, North Herts, St Albans and Watford, and one each in East Herts, Hertsmere, Three Rivers and Welwyn Hatfield.

Their initial 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. On-the-job training continues for 2½ years until officers are declared fit for independent patrol and graduate.