Two dozen new Hertfordshire police officers welcomed
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Two dozen police officers were formally welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary by the Chief Constable Charlie Hall at their passing out parades.
Family and friends of our 24 student police officers came along to help celebrate the end of their initial training at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, with 10 greeted on Thursday 6 October and 14 the following day, Friday 7 October.
Mr Hall officially welcomed them to the force and presented the officers with framed certificates to mark the end of their initial training, with other senior officers also in attendance.
The two cohorts, made up of 16 men and eight women, include an ex-estate agent and soldier, a former GP receptionist, car trader, prison officer, removals worker, retail and hospitality staff and an ophthalmic technician.
“It is always a great pleasure to welcome new police officers into the police family of Hertfordshire,” said Mr Hall. “I could see the pride in the faces of their parents, family and friends in the audience. Pride at what they have already achieved by becoming a police officer and pride in what they will achieve during their long and rewarding policing careers. They all spoke to me about their desire to get out into our communities and make a real positive difference to people.
“I’d like to reassure their families that we will look after their loved ones, we are one big family, and we look out for each other. We train them well and work as one big team. Policing really is a superb career choice, they won’t regret it because the cliché is true – no two days are the same and it is so fulfilling to make a difference to people’s lives and our communities.”
The student officers now start their first postings with five officers based in Cheshunt; five in Welwyn Hatfield; three in Borehamwood; three in Watford; two in Hemel Hempstead; two in St Albans; one in Dacorum; 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.
Mr Hall added: “We’re still recruiting police officers from all backgrounds and walks of life, and I would especially encourage applications from our Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities as we want to fully represent the people 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.”
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 – this traditional entry route closes very soon. 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.
David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “When council tax was increased last year, I undertook to recruit more police officers, as the public had said that is what they wanted. So, it is great to see all these new officers joining Hertfordshire Constabulary. These recruits are just a few of the hundreds of extra officers who make up the county’s largest ever force.
“I welcome these new officers to this challenging but rewarding career and commend them in advance for their hard work and dedication to keeping us all safe.”
↪️ Through our ‘Positive Action’ scheme, Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to building relationships with under-represented groups and encouraging them to join our policing family. For more information and support visit our police officer recruitment website diversity page.