Ahead of Armed Forces Day this Saturday 25 June, Hertfordshire Constabulary would like to #SaluteOurForces – and our armed forces veterans-turned-police officers.
Herts police is lucky enough to have a number of former armed services personnel serving as police officers and we’re reaching out to those who are leaving shortly or those already pounding Civvy Street to say – our police family is waiting with open arms.
Superintendent Anna Wright from our Workforce Development team said: “We know that ex-military service personnel make fantastic police officers as we have a number of armed forces veterans in training or already working as police officers in Herts and would encourage others to join us.
“When you join Herts police, you join our police family, and like in the military, that means a life of camaraderie and teamwork. Ex-armed services personnel already have confidence, commitment, good fitness levels, and enjoy making a difference – which is what police officers do every shift. The training they’ve already had means they’re adaptable, dedicated and ready to work under pressure.”
Royal Navy vet, PC Rob Munn has been a police officer with Herts since April 2014.
“I felt that I had done my time in the Navy and I was ready to move on. The police was my first choice and although I didn’t get many useful qualifications from school, I passed the initial recruitment test, and the fitness and medical was a breeze.
“It made my parents very proud that again I was doing something worthwhile with my life and they are still proud today.”
He spent 13 years in the Met police working in the borough of Brent and then came to Hertfordshire: “I chose Herts as I lived in the county and it was easier for travel and I really wanted a change in policing style.”
Rob, who is currently working in our recruitment team, was previously on the Safer Neighbourhood Team in Berkhamsted and Tring, dealing with ASB neighbour issues and responding to 999 calls to assist response teams.
One of his most memorable jobs? “Saving a suicidal person’s life after taking time to talk to them, buying them a coffee and spending time getting to know why they wanted to end their life. That person is now well on the way to recovery and is getting the help and medication they need; they wrote in to thank me for saving their life which made me feel really proud that I could affect their life.”
He added: “Every day in the police is different no two days are the same you take the rough with the smooth and knowing that you can make a that difference makes it worth coming in for.”
We’re currently taking applications for four different police officer training courses, with something to suit everyone:
👉 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.
👉 Accelerated Detective Constable Programme – a year of intensive training and practical experience followed by a year of three placements, whilst completing training to obtain the relevant qualifications to become a detective.
👉 Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) course – we still have a few traditional courses running. Train to be a police officer over two years. Candidates will be considered even if they do not have GCSE maths and English, usually minimum requirements.
👉 Transferees are welcome – join our police family and see more of yours.