12 new cops on the block in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 11:47 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 01 February 2018

The new Special Constables of Hertfordshire Constabulary. Picture: Hertfordshire Constabulary.

The new Special Constables of Hertfordshire Constabulary. Picture: Hertfordshire Constabulary.

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Hertfordshire Constabulary has trained up 12 new coppers and are looking to hire more.

The 12 Special Constables were welcomed during their Attestation Ceremony at Police Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Thursday, January 25.

During eleven weeks of training, the new recruits learnt about basic law around theft, public order, assaults, traffic, powers of arrest and Stop and Search.

They also used a virtual learning environment which trained them in legislation.

Each graduate went through a rigorous selection process and had to pass a final exam and practical assessments to enable them to qualify for the role of Special Constable.

Those that graduated are:

• Samuel Salmon, who will be based at Broxbourne Police Station

• Sean Taylor, who will be based at Broxbourne Police Station

• Helen Miller, who will be based at Hemel Hempstead Police Station

• Calum Lazenby, who will be based at a police station in North Herts

• Robert Dawes, who will be based at St Albans Police Station

• Joe Geeson, who will be based at St Albans Police Station

• George Mitchell, who will be based at Stevenage Police Station

• Ryann Peterson, who will be based at Stevenage Police Station

• Andrew Robinson, who will be based at Stevenage Police Station

• Azhar Amin, who will be based at Watford Police Station

• Nicholas Brooks, who will be based at Watford Police Station

• Graham Nye, who will be based at Rickmansworth Police Station

Kevin McGetrick, head of Victims and Commissioning at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “There are many worthwhile volunteering endeavours available and we realise these officers have a choice so we are especially grateful they have chosen to support the police and victims of Hertfordshire.

“The Special Constabulary is an integral part of policing, and as a former Special myself I know only too well the fantastic journey our new recruits are about to embark upon.”

Over the next 12 months, the new recruits will continue their training, allowing them to pass out as substantive Special Constables once they are assessed as fit for independent patrol.

Assistant chief constable Jane Swinburne awarded the Specials with their certificates.

She said: “The Special Constabulary is vital in supporting us to police the county effectively and efficiently.

“Our new recruits will bring their life experience to us whilst further developing their skills and knowledge of policing.

“I want to wish them all well as they now move on to undertake this vital role within the communities of Hertfordshire.

“Special Constables truly are a vital part of our policing effort in Hertfordshire and I am delighted to welcome our new recruits to the Constabulary.”

Special Constabulary chief officer Mark Kendrew, said: “As the Special Constabulary chief officer, I was delighted to meet our new Special Constables and I am very proud to welcome them to our dedicated team.

“Becoming a Special Constable brings with it the promise of being involved in something exciting, worthwhile and making a real difference in the local community as well as having the chance to learn new skills.

“I have no doubt they will make a significant contribution to policing in Hertfordshire.”

For more information on ESP visit http://www.hertscommissioner.org/ESP

Visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk and click on ‘apply online’ or browse the pages to find out more about becoming a Special Constable.

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