Heavy downpours may have put pay to the traditional hat throwing joy, but these new police officers still enjoyed the proudest moment of their careers earlier this month.
And their proud families and friends were there in person to cheer as our newest police officers were officially welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday 6 April.
Deputy Chief Constable Bill Jephson presented the 13 new police officers framed certificates to mark the end of their initial 22 weeks’ training. The graduate group include an air traffic service assistant, an ex-offender rehabilitation worker and a former police investigator. Three of them were also previously Special Constables, with one a former PCSO.
“I was delighted to welcome our new police officers into the Hertfordshire police family. It was wonderful to see how proud their family and friends were to see their loved ones joining our constabulary,” he said.
“Policing really is a superb career choice, I’ve never regretted it because the cliché is true – no two days are the same and it is so rewarding to help people and our communities.”
The student officers start their first postings across the county on Monday 18 April, with three based in Broxbourne; three in Watford; two in East Herts, St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield and one in Dacorum.
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 two years until officers are declared fit for independent patrol and graduate.
“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.”
There are two main entry routes which all involve on-the-job training after an initial course:
👉 Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice. This is a three-year, work-based, practical and vocational degree.
👉 Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – graduates with a degree in any subject can achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice while training as a police officer over two years.