Sixty five new police officers took part in their passing out parade at Bedfordshire police headquarters.
A total of 58 of them have just completed their 20-week training course, with the remainder having joined earlier in the year and already out on patrol.
All 65 will be helping to deliver local policing across the county, bolstering operational capability and strengthening the frontline.
An additional 36 recruits are due to arrive later this year, forming part of an on-going recruitment programme. “I am delighted to be celebrating the passing out of our new police officers,” said Chief Constable Colette Paul said at the parade on Thursday, August 28.
“I have had the pleasure of watching as they have grown and developed during their training. They are keen, enthusiastic and really want to get out and deliver a great service to the public of Bedfordshire.
“As soon as I arrived here as the new Chief Constable I made it clear I wanted to stop the pain that had been caused by the recruitment freeze.
“We have opened the force up to new thinking and new ideas, these officers come from all walks of life and will provide new life blood to the force. I hope to continue to build our front line capacity over the coming 12 months.
“These officers will be joining a hard-working, but very stretched front line. I know they will have an immediate positive impact, and will work together in their new teams to ‘fight crime and protect the public of Bedfordshire.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins cited the passing out parade as “the most exciting day since I was elected as it delivers on my pledge to protect frontline policing.”