Last Friday saw a socially distanced Passing out Parade for a number of new fully fledged police officers having completed all their training, watched on by the Chief and Deputy Chief Constable.
And yesterday an Attestation at force headquarters was held for new starters with the Chief Constable as they began their training with Nottinghamshire Police Force, which will last around 18 weeks.
Coupled with this was the signing of transferees and re-joiners – which is where officers come into the force after working at another force.
This even included a married couple who have returned to the force after completing six years in Western Australia. Their specialisms are Public Protection and Digital Forensics.
All in all this is a total of 50 officers coming into the force in recent days alone with another 24 this Friday.
The new recruits are part of a wider expansion to the force, which has welcomed around 350 new officers since September 2019.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “It is great news for the people of Nottinghamshire that this force has been able to expand and take on new recruits in this way and so rapidly.
“We have been quick to take up the offer from Government to swell the ranks of frontline policing as part of their offer to increase police forces across the country by 20,000.
“We know there are difficult times ahead financially for this country, but we are pleased we have been able manage the budget available to us to do this work. These new officers mean we are a year ahead of national targets for police forces across the country.
“This is exactly what communities want and what we need operationally and I’m very happy that we are continuing to create local jobs for local people across Nottinghamshire.”
It comes as Nottinghamshire Police continues to improve its representation of the communities it serves, with 7.1 percent of the force’s 2098 officers coming from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).
Thanks to the efforts made by the force through Operation Uplift to improve how it engages with people from the county’s diverse communities, more than 25 percent of these new officers come from BAME backgrounds and more than half of the new cohorts coming up are women.
Superintendent Suk Verma, force lead for Operation Uplift said: “The ever improving representation of our force is a result of the hard work that has been ongoing between Nottinghamshire Police and the local community.
“As of Friday 27 November we welcomed a further 25 new officers into the force, which will take us to over seven percent BAME representation and creeping closer to 40 percent female representation. This is the highest Nottinghamshire has ever been and very pleasing to see.
“This is a significant milestone, as the 1999 McPherson report following the murder of Stephen Lawrence identified a representational target of seven percent.
“In order to achieve this we worked closely with our local residents to encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to join the police and I am pleased to welcome the latest group of officers to Nottinghamshire Police.”
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "People always tell me that they want to see a greater emphasis on neighbourhood policing and a more visible presence on the streets. That is exactly what is happening as the vast majority of our new recruits will go on the front line.
“Nottinghamshire Police has been firmly focussed on swelling police numbers in recent years and I’m pleased for local residents that we are leading the way, ahead of the national curve.
"As recent figures show, we have also been successful in attracting people from a range of backgrounds to ensure that our workforce is truly representative of our local communities and that work is continuing.
“Policing is a great career, Nottinghamshire Police is an excellent force, providing opportunities for everyone and I wish everyone joining us every success in the future.”
Interested in a career in policing? Take the fast-track to the front line:
Nottinghamshire Police is encouraging aspiring officers to start their policing journey by enrolling on an ‘accelerated’ two-year policing degree which the force has developed alongside the University of Derby.
The accelerated BA (Hons) Professional Policing degree is the first of its kind in the country and condenses the length of similar three-year degrees into just two, enabling officers-in-the-making to get out on the frontline a year ahead of others enrolled onto longer courses. Students also become Special Constables serving Nottinghamshire communities and putting theory into practice. Subject to performance they will undergo regular officer assessment in year 2 to hopefully start work with the force as full time officers upon graduation.
The first year of the new fast-track degree began this September and applications are being welcomed from those interested in this course starting in the next academic year.
For more information and to apply for the fast-track degree, visit the University of Derby website here:
Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2020