Cleveland Police welcomes new recruits after a five year freeze

Cleveland Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger have welcomed twenty-three new student police officers – bringing a five year recruitment freeze to an end.

They have begun a comprehensive two year training programme from Kirkleatham police office, where they will spend the first five months learning the ropes.

The training programme is based upon the National Policing Curriculum. Areas of learning include ethics and values, crime and investigations, planned operations and emergency procedures, community engagement and crime prevention, forensics and evidence gathering, public protection and intelligence and counter terrorism.

As well as classroom learning, the students will complete e-learning packages and undertake case study and practical scenarios. Students will receive regular individual assessments so they can track their progress.

This is followed by a ten week period spent with an allocated tutor, applying the knowledge they have gained in the classroom, then the probationers will go out on independent patrols.

The trainee officers will spend the majority of their time on response duties, thereby gaining experience from attending a huge variety of incidents.

Acting Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “We are delighted to welcome our new Constables to the Force; the majority of them are local people who were drawn to a career in policing to help their local communities.

“The policing environment has changed. There are demands from new crimes such as cyber and a drive to commit increased resources to identifying and responding to the most serious threat, risk and harm on our streets.

“The programme will enable the students to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities to perform the role of Constable effectively and efficiently.

“They will receive the best quality training from highly experienced professionals who will ensure they are more than prepared to deal with the many different scenarios our officers face every day.

“They will find their probation period varied, interesting and challenging and I wish each and every one of them the best of luck.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “This is great news for our communities that we have recruited new constables. The recruitment process is challenging, but allows for the best candidates to be given an opportunity to fulfil their dreams of becoming a police officer.

“They will all bring something unique to Cleveland Police – we gain the benefit of new faces, new ideas and new experiences to complement the excellent work already taking place across the Force.”