Dacorum welcomes two new police officers
New recruits in at the deep end
Hertfordshire's 16 new recruits took to the streets on the eve of their graduation, getting absolutely drenched in the process.
At the end of 15 weeks’ training course, the student police officers were sent out for their first public patrol in Letchworth during a deluge of rain, dealing with a number of incidents, including traffic issues created by flash-flooding and helping an elderly vulnerable man who needed assistance.
Chief Superintendent Richard Liversidge, of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Local Policing Command, said: “I know local residents appreciated seeing these new recruits out on their first public patrol, providing high-visibility reassurance during terrible weather, as a number of people stopped to talk to the uniformed officers, giving them really positive feedback."
Training includes 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 many months until officers are declared fit for independent patrol.
In their first postings four PCs will be based in East Herts, three officers in North Herts, two in Dacorum, Stevenage, Welwyn Hatfield, and one new officer based in Hertsmere, St Albans and Three Rivers.
The five women and 11 men were formally welcomed to the force by Chief Constable Charlie Hall.
He said: “I am always happy to welcome our new police officers to the force and know that they will find their chosen career challenging and rewarding, as I have.
“I am very proud of each of them and although they could not have family or friends watch their passing out parade, due to COVID-19 restrictions, I was pleased to formally welcome them to our policing family.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: “I would like to welcome these new officers to Hertfordshire Constabulary. For several years now, I have raised the council tax because residents have told me they want extra officers on the streets.
“This year it increased by an average of £10 a year to support the Government uplift in numbers.
"These new officers are a result of that and a vital part of the drive to provide Hertfordshire with its largest ever force.”
If you feel inspired to become a Hertfordshire police officer, visit hertspoliceofficer.co.uk/ to find out how to apply.
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