Force welcomes group of eager new uniformed officers
15 Jun | 12:21

More than 70 new officers have pulled on the Northumbria Police uniform for the very first time.

The latest recruits were officially welcomed on Monday by Chief Constable Winton Keenen QPM and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.

Chief Constable Keenen said: “It really is a great privilege to welcome new officers into our policing family.

“Becoming a police officer brings with it a significant level of responsibility and even greater reward – knowing you have the potential to make a real and lasting difference to your communities.

“Our new recruits join a committed team of officers, staff and volunteers, who continually go above and beyond what should be expected of them, to provide the very best service possible.

“I look forward to our new officers joining their colleagues in protecting the most vulnerable and helping to keep our region safe.”

With police officer recruitment now open, Chief Constable Keenen is encouraging anyone who feels they can make a difference to people’s lives to consider a career with Northumbria Police.

“I strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about their community, policing and public service to consider joining us,” he said.

“As a serving officer who has had the privilege to work with many fantastic colleagues and like-minded people I firmly believe policing is a career like no other.”

There are a range of entry routes available for anyone wanting to become an officer and people are encouraged to visit Northumbria Police’s careers website to find the right avenue for them.

The latest recruits will replace retiring officers and form part of Northumbria Police’s ongoing commitment to increase numbers.

They will now begin an extensive training programme, which will include time in the classroom and on patrol alongside their more experienced colleagues.

Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “People tell me they want to see more police officers, we all do, and so I love being able to welcome a fresh intake of students who are keen to get trained up and get out there on the streets, serving our communities.

“I met a great bunch on Monday and they really do come from all kinds of backgrounds and bring with them a range of skills. This is exactly what we want – people with lots to contribute and help Northumbria Police to keep bettering itself.

She added: “We’re determined to do all we can to deliver an effective police service.

“We’re continuing to go above and beyond Government uplift targets. Quite frankly I don’t think they go far enough – they don’t reflect what the region needs and deserves. There have been a lot of cuts over the years – there’s still a job to do building the force back up but we are getting on with the job. I’m confident they’ll be some great careers to come from this cohort.”

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