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Trainee police officers welcomed following special ceremony

August 8, 2017
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Cohort 42, the Force’s latest intake of officers, were sworn into their new roles at the Civic Centre in Arnold on Monday evening in a special ceremony overseen by the Force’s highest-ranking police officer, Chief Constable Craig Guildford.

The 17 officers in the latest cohort include two former Nottinghamshire Police PCSOs, six former Special Constables, four former Control Room staff, one former prison officer, one warehouse manager and one telesales worker.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, said: “The evening is an important occasion for the student officers. It’s a proud occasion for not just the friends and family in attendance, but a moment that the officers won’t forget.

“I’d like to welcome all the student officers and wish them luck as they embark on a thrilling and challenging career.”

The event follows the announcement last week that the force will recruit a total of 200 officers in 2017/18 and has ambitions to do even more in 2018/19.

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: “It’s great to see our recruitment plans gathering pace as we welcome another tranche of new police officers to the Force. I wish them well in their new careers.  

“As we prepare to open our recruitment window again, I am pleased to see that we continue to attract high calibre people from a wide range of backgrounds.  It’s so important that the force is representative of the community it serves and while I welcome the progress made, I know that there is more to be done.”

PC Matt Mason, a former PCSO who previously worked in Nottingham city centre, said: “It’s a very proud moment. I set my mind on career in policing from when I was 16, when I was in college. I’ve always been interested in it, mainly from television programmes and I’ve not really looked back.

“I’m in my second week of training and it’s going really well. I’m excited to get stuck into it a bit more. Within the training we are out in the night time economy for a couple of shifts, I’m excited for that as I’ve worked in the city as a PCSO.

“I can’t really measure how important it was to become a PCSO initially, there’s so much you pick up every day. You find in the early sessions of training, that you are going over some things we’ve been taught before, so it’s certainly given me an excellent grounding.

“I’d say to anyone half thinking about it, apply, give it a go and come into with an open mind.”

PC Mason tweets about his experiences as a police officer in training using the @PCMattMason Twitter page (Follow him here), where he will be sharing updates about his training throughout the next few months. He hopes it will give a real insight of being a student officer.

He said: “It’s fantastic to talk directly to the general public and we’ve had lots of discussions already. To be so open and showcase what exactly you have to do to become a police constable is something I’m enjoying so far.” 

The Force’s next police constables recruitment drive opens on 1 September 2017 as we build the organisation‎ for the future.

Nottinghamshire Police are also currently recruiting PCSOs, with applications closing on Friday 18 August. The Force is now also accepting applications from police constables wishing to transfer to Nottinghamshire Police from other Home Office forces.

For information about a career with Nottinghamshire Police, please visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/careers, like ‘Nottinghamshire Police Careers’ on Facebook or follow @NottsPolCareers on Twitter.

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