LANCASHIRE Constabulary continues to strengthen its ranks with 21 new officers who are making history for the force as the first cohort to join from the BSc Professional Policing Degree entry route.
A ceremony was held at the force HQ to formally attest and welcome the new recruits who have graduated from University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and University of Cumbria collectively.
The newest members of the Lancashire Police family are now training to become fully operational for their roles on immediate response and investigations.
Proud family, friends and course tutors looked on at the attestation ceremony which were hosted at police HQ by Deputy Chief Constable Sacha Hatchett and Chief Constable Chris Rowley and other senior leaders in the organisation.
New police officer and Edge Hill University graduate, PC Hannah Speakman said: “It feels very surreal to think that three years ago I was a new university student starting my journey as one of the first students to begin the BSc Professional Policing Degree to now beginning my policing career in Lancashire. The ceremony was one of my proudest moments which I got to share with my family.”
Andrew Snowden, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "It's been fantastic to congratulate our newest officers and to welcome them into the Lancashire policing family. This event is a proud moment in their lives and I'm encouraged to see their energy and enthusiasm to fight crime and to keep people safe out on our streets, which we all want to see.
"I'm pleased to say that these new officers are just some of the hundreds more set to join the ranks over the next year, with Lancashire on course for over 600 extra officers thanks to the Government Uplift Programme and Council Tax Precept.
"These officers will make a real difference, helping us to crack down on crime and deliver on the priorities that the people of Lancashire have told me matter most to them."
Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “We are extremely pleased to further strengthen the force with this cohort of the highest calibre students who are passionate about keeping the public safe. Our rigorous training will equip them to become diligent and dedicated officers who uphold our exacting standards and values, with victim impact at the heart of everything they do; working to keep the peace, protect the county’s people and bring offenders to justice.
“We are proud and delighted to welcome them to the Lancashire Police family.”
Find out more about becoming an officer with Lancashire Constabulary by visiting www.lancashire.police.uk