Passing out parade for new Cambridgeshire Police recruits
Nineteen men and women passed out as police officers yesterday, bringing the total number of new recruits this year to 72.
They included a former electrician, postman and airline cabin crew member. Seven will now be posted to Cambridge, seven to Peterborough, three to Fenland and two to Huntingdon.
The new recruits were presented to Chief Constable Nick Dean at a ceremony at force HQ.
Friends and family were unable to attend but were able to watch online.
The force is meeting its targets for recruiting new officers as part of the national uplift programme and now has the highest number of officers in its history.
Addressing the recruits, Mr Dean said: “You are now beginning a unique career in policing; one which is exciting, varied, ever more complex and challenging but equally a career that presents itself with huge opportunities. Opportunities to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
The force is not currently recruiting for officers but has begun implementing new routes into policing under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).
The first recruitment window for applicants who will study for a fully-funded degree apprenticeship took place in the spring.
Those recruits will earn as they learn, work towards a degree in professional policing practice and receive on-the-job training.
For more information on the new routes into policing visit our website here New routes into policing (cambs.police.uk)