FIFTY-four new recruits were welcomed into the police during a dedicated ‘passing out’ parade at our HQ in Chelmsford.
Twenty-four of the new recruits were our first cohort of Investigate First detectives.
They were welcomed into the force by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington. Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst, Vicky Ford MP for Chelmsford and Sergeant Major William Biggar.
The officers, split into Intake I1, Intake I2 and Intake I3, have been put through their paces over the last 18 weeks as they trained to become Police Constables. After pledging their commitment to serve the residents of Essex, they were welcomed to the force in front of their loved ones.
Our new recruits will continue their training on the beat with different teams in the force until they achieve independent patrol status. Our budding detectives will then work towards their detective accreditation after attaining independent patrol status.
Mr Harrington read out messages of congratulations from the families of some of the officers and congratulated the team on behalf of the wider force.
He said: “I say with pride but also experience that British policing is the best in the world and you are joining the best police force in Britain.
“Policing in Essex as we know it dates from 1840 and people like you have been passing out on this ground since the early part of the 20th Century.
“Policing has got busier since then. But at its heart their job then is our job now: to help people, to keep them safe and to catch baddies.
“The opportunities for you in policing have never been greater. Whether on the beat in the heart of communities, in specialist operations, as a uniformed officer or as a detective, policing has a place for you to grow and develop and lead and succeed.
“None of it will be easy because nothing worthwhile ever is. But I can promise it will challenge you to achieve more than you thought possible. .
“New police officers, you walk in the steps of nearly 140 years of history but the path you tread from now on is yours to forge.”
During their training course to become Police Constables, the students collectively raised almost £5,500 for charity.
Students in Intake I1 raised £2,615 for The Haven Project, a charity based in Colchester that supports people with a personality disorder diagnosis who live in North East Essex.
Students in Intake I2 raised £1,371 for the Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund, a charity that helps with welfare and medical support for Essex retired police dogs.
Students in Intake I3 raised £1,362 for St Helena Hospice to help support people in North Essex who are facing incurable illnesses and bereavement.
Cheques were presented by each intake to representatives from the charities during the ceremony. Retired Police Dog Baloo and her new owner Mandy attended the passing out parade to talk to new recruits and their families about how the fund helps retired police dogs.
The event saw PC Bethany Dickenson awarded the Essex Police College Shield. PC Tracey Sloan scooped the Class Trophy for Intake I1, PC Shannon Munn was awarded the Class Trophy for Intake I2 and PC Isabelle Landa-Arresse was awarded the Class Trophy for Intake I3.
The event also saw the Kirste Snellgrove student officer award being presented to PC Thomas Deacon for demonstrating the core values expected of a Police Constable.
The award was created in 2012 in honour of training Sergeant Snellgrove, who sadly died following a long fight against cancer.
During her 22 years’ service with Essex Police, she had displayed the key values expected of every Essex Police officer and loved her role of serving the public.