Largest Passing Out Parade in 20 years hosted by Kent Police
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 November 2018
In the largest Passing Out Parade Kent Police has hosted in 20 years, 43 new officers were officially welcomed to the force.
After 19 weeks of training, the officers are now set to start their duties serving the people of Kent.
Chief constable Alan Pughsley QPM and police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott congratulated the recruits in front of their friends and family at the Kent Police Training College in Maidstone on Friday November 2.
Ch const Alan Pughsley said: “It fills me with great pride to welcome so many new officers to this outstanding organisation.
“Our 43 newest recruits are joining an extremely dedicated team of officers, staff and volunteers who are focused on protecting our communities and putting victims at the heart of everything we do.
“There has never been a better time to become a police officer in Kent.”
The new recruits are part of an extra 200 officers policing the county, funded from an increase in the local Council Tax precept.
In September, 34 new officers were appointed and began their service.
Mr Scott said: “I was delighted, alongside the chief constable, to launch the force’s #Morethanthebadge recruitment drive back in February and it is great to now see the campaign bearing fruit.
“Kent will soon have 271 more police officers than when I took office and, despite the financial challenges we face, I am not looking to stop there. “Only last week I hosted a Blue Light Jobs Fayre in Dartford attended by hundreds of people keen to learn more about a career with Kent Police and I hope many of them will be applying to join the force’s ranks in 2019 and beyond.”
Kent Police will be recruiting into the New Year and anyone interested in applying should visit the force website for more details.
Kent Police is also open for the recruitment of volunteer officers to join its award winning Special Constabulary, where they can receive training to the same standard as a regular full-time police officer in support of their community.