FIFTEEN new Police officers are being sworn in at the Royal Court at 10 am on Friday 26 January. Before their swearing in, they will be formally inspected by the Force's Deputy Chief Officer, Lenny Harper.
The new recruits, ten men and five women, are the third intake of the Force to be trained locally, and they have now begun their 15 week initial training programme at Police Headquarters. Provided that they are successful in the initial phase of their training they will take part in a formal ˜passing out' parade in May.
Since 2005, 28 recruits have successfully been trained locally. Previous groups had trained at Ashford in Kent.
The 2007 intake have come from a variety of different backgrounds, and range in age from 20 to 41. They began their initial intensive police training which will last for up to two years two weeks ago.
For the first 15 weeks they will be under the direct care of the Force's training department. Provided they reach the required standard in the initial part of their training they will then begin a period of supervised patrol under the guidance of a ˜tutor' constable on one of the Force's five shifts.
If they are successful at that stage they will be gradually phased into independent patrol, with the Force training department monitoring their progress and setting periodic examinations based on local law and police procedures. Full ˜graduation' will not take place until they are judged to have met all of the skill requirements. For these recruits that is expected to happen some time in 2009.
The intake includes officers who were formerly employed as an electrician, a school key worker, a front of house manager for a hotel, a rostering officer, a coffee shop manager and a personal trainer.
During their training programme, the new Police officers will work closely with outside agencies such as the Shelter and the Women's Refuge. During their training, local shops and the Honorary Police will also give their time to make sure that scenarios such as shoplifting exercises are as realistic as possible.
The localised training means that the new recruits can keep in touch with their families while learning more about the communities they will serve.
As well as meaning that the recruits learn about local law straight away as part of their training, the local training means that they are receiving training which is in line with the Policing Plan which closely follows the needs of the States of Jersey Police force. Speaking about the new intake, Chief officer Graham Power praised the work of the Force's training department.
˜Since we localised training two years ago, our training department, under the guidance of Inspector Alan Guy, has worked hard to develop and refine the training course we offer,' said Mr Power. ˜We offer a high quality and intensive training course and we are determined to keep recruiting high quality officers as the need arises.'
˜More forces in the UK are now reverting to training their recruits locally,' he said. ˜It is a testament to the hard work of the Force's training department that the first batch of ˜local' training has been such a success for the last two years. We are pleased to have such high-calibre local recruits from such different backgrounds to bring the Force up to full strength.'
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