Nineteen new Hertfordshire police officers welcomed
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Nineteen new police officers made up of 14 women and five men, including an ex-research assistant and a former nursery nurse, cabin crew attendant, health care assistant and martial arts instructor, have been formally welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary.
Senior officers, family and friends gathered to celebrate their achievement at a passing out parade at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Monday 14 November, where Chief Constable Charlie Hall presented the officers with framed certificates to mark the end of their initial training and officially welcome them to the force.
“It is a great delight to welcome you to our Hertfordshire police family,” said Mr Hall. “We uphold, live and breathe the highest standards and our work in the communities we serve makes a real difference to people.
“All crime victims have one thing in common, they would rather it had not happened to them in the first place. That’s why we have moved to our Prevention First operating model and our job is to try and prevent problems occurring in the first place. The more that we can do to prevent crime the better and you will form a key part of our effort to achieve that.”
The student officers will now start their first postings with four officers based in Hemel Hempstead; three in Borehamwood; two in St Albans; two in Cheshunt; two in North Herts; two in Hatfield; one in Watford; one in East Herts; one in Stevenage; and one in Three Rivers.
Their initial training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and police powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims. On-the-job training continues until officers are declared fit for independent patrol and graduate.
Hertfordshire has one of the fastest growing populations in the country which is bringing significant increases in demand for policing services.
Policing offers a great career with a wide variety of opportunities and we are currently recruiting more officers. We are 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 – this traditional entry route trains police officers over two years. Candidates will be considered even if they do not have GCSE maths and English, usually minimum requirements.
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “Congratulations to these new officers on graduating and I welcome them to a challenging but very rewarding career. The public have told me they want more officers and they have supported an increase in the Council Tax precept to help pay for them. These officers are part of Hertfordshire’s largest ever force and more are on the way.”