First all-female passing out parade at Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Constabulary has welcomed its first ever all-female cohort of new officers into the force at a passing out parade for its latest trainee detectives.
With family and friends watching online due to coronavirus restrictions, the graduates of the accelerated detective constable programme cohort threw their hats in the air with joy after receiving certificates from Chief Constable Charlie Hall.
Mr Hall said: “This is the first time we’ve had an all-female passing out parade in Hertfordshire. It is always a pleasure to welcome new police officers to the constabulary and this cohort were full of enthusiasm for the job.
“The list of former professions was inspiring, including a teacher, an IT professional and even two of our former emergency call handlers from the force communications room. They are all looking forward to long and rewarding careers in policing.”
The student detectives start at their initial postings across the county on January 31. Two of them will be based in Bishop’s Stortford and Broxbourne, with one each in Borehamwood, Cheshunt, Dacorum, Hertford, St Albans, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield.
Their 20-week training included a mixture of classroom based and practical sessions, covering a vast range of topics including law and powers, personal safety and dealing with volatile situations, first aid and safeguarding vulnerable victims. They also undertook the College of Policing’s national investigators’ exam.
Police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd said: “It’s great to see even more officers joining the constabulary and building on what is already the largest police service in the history of Hertfordshire. Policing offers fantastic career opportunities, and it welcomes those from all parts of our communities.”