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New recruits join the Force

Twelve islanders are starting the New Year with a new challenge as they begin their training to become a police officer.
 
The dozen, who will be joined by four recruits from Guernsey, started their 15-week training course on Saturday as probationary constables.
 
The recruits, nine men and seven women, have already successfully passed a series of tests and an intensive interview day to qualify for entry to join their respective Force.
 
All recruits will face a tough programme of formal classroom work, practical tasks and fitness tests. They will also experience working with other agencies which have regular contact with the Police, for example the Ambulance Service and Fire and Rescue.
 
For the duration of their training they will be in the hands of the Force's training department, run by Inspector Sara Garwood, and will become a familiar sight to Islanders as they get out and about in the community as part of their training.
 
Inspector Garwood said: "These recruits have already been through a rigorous testing programme to get to this point as we only select the very best from our hundreds of applications, but now the real work begins.
 
"We have to push the recruits to the limit to ensure they are fully prepared for life as a police officer, often working in difficult conditions and under great pressure.
 
"But we also ensure their training is fun and stimulating to reflect life as an officer.
 
During their 15 weeks the recruits will be given different "real-life scenarios to test their practical skills, for example investigating an incident of shop lifting.
 
The States of Jersey Police work with local shops to help train the recruits and make the situation as real as possible. Staff and volunteers from around the Force are drafted in to take on the role of thief.
 
Inspector Garwood continued: "This is just one example of how we work with the community to train our recruits. Our aim is to give them a broad range of challenges during the course so they are fully prepared for life on the job.
 
Recruits will also be given practical lessons in lifesaving (a new element this year), dealing with road traffic collisions, carrying out a drugs warrant, taking part in an emergency exercise with other emergency services, as well as basics skills like first aid.
 
If they successfully pass the training course they will then graduate to one of the Force's five shifts where they will be paired with an experienced officer to continue their training.
 
The training department continue to monitor their progress and give them periodic exams based on local law and police procedures.
 
Inspector Garwood concluded: "These recruits have a long road ahead to become fully fledged police officers but we know they have the right skills and character for the job and we are looking forward to seeing them develop.
 

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