Six new probationary Police Officers will be joining the States of Jersey Police after officially being sworn in at the Royal Court on Friday.
They will now undertake a 15-week rigorous training course as probationary constables.
The group, made up of five men and one woman, were all recruited locally and come from all walks of life and vary in age.
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 Sergeant Collette Beechey, and will become a familiar sight to Islanders as they get out and about in the community as part of their training.
Sergeant Beechey said: “These recruits have already been through demanding tests and interviews to get to this point, as we only select the very best from our hundreds of applications, but now the real work begins."
“The course of intensive learning will push and challenge the recruits so as to prepare them for their future career 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, as well as lessons in lifesaving, dealing with road traffic collisions, carrying out a drugs warrant, as well as basics skills like first aid.
Provided they reach the required standard during their training course, they will then begin a period of supervised patrol under the guidance of a ‘tutor’ constable in one of the Forces five shifts.
If they are successful at that stage, they will be gradually phased into independent petrol, with the force training department monitoring their progress and setting periodic examinations based on local law and police procedures.
Sergeant Beechey 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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