One minute’s silence as force welcomes new detectives
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Five new detectives are now working across Hertfordshire, including a former police recruitment officer, who made the switch to become a police officer.
A former X-ray screener and a pub manager were also among our latest Accelerated Detective Constable Programme cohort welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary earlier this month.
Proud families and friends gathered at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Friday 9 September to watch as Chief Constable Charlie Hall presented the new police officers framed certificates to mark the end of their initial training.
The event began with a minute’s silence as a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen, who died the day before.
“While this particular passing out event had a solemn air to it as news of the very sad death of Her Majesty The Queen was still reverberating, it remained a pleasure to welcome these new police officers into the Hertfordshire police family,” said Mr Hall. “I wish them well in the next stage of this most rewarding career.
“Policing is a superb career choice with so many opportunities. No two days are ever the same and it is so rewarding to make a difference to people’s lives and our communities.”
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. They also undertook the College of Policing’s national investigators’ exam. On-the-job training continues for many months until officers are declared fit for independent patrol.
Mr Hall added: “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.”
All entry routes 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. 👉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.
↪️ 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