One-hundred-and-fifty new officers have started the next stage of their journey with Northumbria Police.
On Monday, 60 new recruits proudly wore their uniform for the very first time – just a week after 90 of their colleagues celebrated completing their initial training.
The latest cohort were officially welcomed by Chief Constable Winton Keenen, QPM.
“It is always an extremely proud moment to see new officers join the policing family and make the commitment to serve and protect our wonderful communities,” he said.
“They are embarking on a hugely rewarding career, where each day they will have an opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
“This is a journey where they will be supported throughout and where they will be encouraged to develop and succeed.
“They are joining dedicated colleagues – officers, staff and volunteers – who are determined to provide the very best service possible and who continue, when needed, to go above and beyond what should be expected of them.”
Among those colleagues are 90 officers who have celebrated completing their initial training and will continue their learning on deployment with more experienced officers.
These recruits have come through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), the Graduate Detective Programme (GDP) and the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) routes into policing.
These are academic and professional programmes jointly delivered by officers from Northumbria Police and Northumbria University.
The officers were joined at a special celebration ceremony by their families and loved-ones.
Chief Constable Keenen said: “I would like to wish all of our new officers the very best and encourage anyone with a sense of public service to consider whether joining policing might be right for them.
“We want to recruit exceptional people from all walks of life, who will contribute positively to our culture and values.
“Whether as an officer, staff member, or volunteer, there are some truly fantastic opportunities available.”
Officer recruitment is due to open again next month – so keep an eye out on the Force’s careers website and social media channels for more details.
The latest recruits replace retiring officers and form part of Northumbria Police’s commitment to increase numbers.
Welcoming the new officers, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: “More officers out on the streets is what everyone wants and we are doing everything in our power to maintain an efficient and effective police service – that’s what local people deserve.
“Speaking to a room full of eager new recruits beginning their training so they can get out into our communities to fight and prevent crime was great, and I wish them all long and successful careers with Northumbria Police.”
*For more details about current vacancies visit the Northumbria Police careers website.