Nottinghamshire Police has welcomed 25 new police officers at a special ceremony as it continues to bolster its ranks, another step forward for the force’s recruitment targets.
The group passed out at a ceremony at the force’s headquarters last Friday (9 April 2021), overseen by Chief Constable Craig Guildford and Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber, after completing their 18-week long training programme.
The officers have completed a mix of classroom training and operational attachments with their tutors.
Over the coming weeks, the new recruits will be deployed across the county, where they will undertake a range of duties in their new roles alongside their tutor officers.
The new cohort praised the force for continuing with their recruitment plans despite the coronavirus pandemic.
PC Amarpreet Toor, 24, has already had his first shift based at Broxtowe Police Station as a response officer on Monday.
He said: “The training was really good, my trainers were top class and everyone on my intake were great to get to know and work with as well.
“It was a good intake to be on and we all got along really well. I’d say roleplay exercises and being able to apply what we had learnt in those scenarios were the highlights.
“After the ceremony, I was fortunate to have the weekend off, but straight into my role on Monday for a late shift. It was really exciting and busy. I can’t wait to get out there and help the local community.”
PC Molly Mason praised the force for making the necessary arrangements in training despite Covid-19. The 21-year-old met her team in St Ann’s and has already completed her first shift.
She said: “Training was fantastic, even through Covid times and a lot of things had to be adapted. I thought the training school made us all feel safe really well, so we could have the best training possible.
“I joined the police because I wanted a job were I have no idea what the day will entail. It’s also a great job to help people and be involved in a range of different jobs.
“I had a good idea of what the role was as I’d studied policing at University and I was also a Special Constable at British Transport Police.”
The force is already a year ahead on its recruitment trajectory which has already seen 132 new officers in post – over and above its target of 107 by the end of this financial year.
A further 100 officers have also been allocated through the Uplift programme in the next financial year.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “I’d like to congratulate officers from IP20-04 cohort on completing the training course.
“The force continues to make huge strides forward. This is happening because of the huge amount of work my officers and staff have put into our recruitment processes, which includes a real longer term focus on community and youth engagement programmes, schools outreach, and positive action.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who has made this possible including my staff and all those members of the community who have helped us to achieve this.”
Entry routes for Police Constables
The role of a Police Officer is challenging but highly rewarding. There are different entry routes to become a constable and complete Nottinghamshire Police’s internal training programme.
These include working towards a degree at the same time as police training through the force’s pre-join degree and also its unique Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme.
We will open recruitment for these different routes at different times, so people are advised to check the current vacancies page and the force’s social media for updates.
To learn more about a policing career with the force visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/careers/nottinghamshire-police-officer