Nottinghamshire Police welcomed 14 new Police Officers as it continues to bolster its ranks despite challenges to training due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Following an 18-week training course, a small ceremony was held to mark their Passing Out at West Bridgford police station.As advised by the government following the Coronavirus outbreak, the ceremony wasn’t attended by the friends and family of the new police constables.
The PCs from Cohort IP5a were, however, keen to mark the occasion before they begin their roles this weekend, so an informal ceremony took place on Thursday, which was inspected by Superintendent Sukesh Verma.
Speaking about the ceremony, he said: “Usually we have a ceremony at the headquarters where friends and family can watch the passing-out parade and it’s a wonderful event but we couldn’t hold this because of the current situation.
“The officers requested to have the passing-out parade themselves as they were keen to mark the occasion and because some of the group began operational duties this weekend, they wanted to have the experience.”
The new officers will be deployed across the city and county force as front line officers.
Superintendent Verma added: “It’s really important especially given the current situation that we have a continuous drip of officers joining our organisation.
“We have had to make adjustments to comply with social distancing which meant that some elements of the course was completed remotely and we usually have 24 people on our training course at one time, but the group was split so they could sit apart in the classroom.
“The team also had their full kit delivered so they are good to go on the front line, something that we have struggled with in the past.”
The cohort is one included within Operation Uplift following on the news earlier this year that Nottinghamshire Police will be recruiting hundreds of new officers as part of a national programme funded by the Home Office.
Superintendent Verma said: “We are the only force in the country to deliver this operation on time as some forces have stopped due to the current pandemic. We feel it is imperative to keep ongoing with training and continue the drive.
“We have around 90 students at various stages of their training and we will also be welcoming seven transfer officers in the next few weeks.
“It’s great to have more officers on the front line especially during these uncertain times.”