New student officers signal end of recruitment freeze

A force has taken on 23 student officers following a five year freeze on recruitment.

Cleveland Police have enrolled the new officers on a comprehensive two year training programme from Kirkleatham police station, where they will spend the first five months learning the basics of the job.

Based on the National Policing Curriculum, the recruits will learn about ethics and values, crime and investigations, planned operations and emergency procedures, community engagement and crime prevention as well as forensics and evidence gathering.

The students will also be required to complete e-learning programmes as well as take part in practical scenarios. They will spend the majority of their time on response duties to give them the opportunity to experience a wide range of incidents.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger (pictured centre) said: “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.”

Acting Chief Constable Ian Spittal (pictured next to Mr Coppinger) said: “The policing environment has changed. There are demands from new crimes such as cyber and a driver to commit increased resources to identifying and responding to the most serious threat, risk and harm on our streets.

“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.”

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