Thirteen new officers have joined Hertfordshire police – including a baker!

Hertfordshire Constabulary formally welcomed a baker’s dozen – 13 – new recruits at a passing out parade in Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday.

This cohort included five ex-retail workers, a former landscaper, football steward, gardener, a baker, lifeguard, maternity support worker, and a former RAF Guardsman. 

Family and friends of the officers came along to help celebrate their achievement at police headquarters, where the new recruits were presented with certificates by Chief Constable Charlie Hall, marking the end of their initial training with other senior officers and trainers also in attendance.

Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Congratulations to you all on completing your training. I hope you feel proud of your achievements and how far you have come.

"Your real training will begin when you start with your teams and begin to put what you have learnt into practice.

"I hope you grow to love your job and feel like you’ve found a career for life in a place where there are countless opportunities for you. I wish you all the best.”

A career in policing

Many young people may be put off by the cost of starting higher education. 

But did you know the constabulary offers a route where people can earn and learn on the job?

That’s exactly what these latest officers are about to embark on as they start their policing careers via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route.

This is a three-year, work-based practical course which enables apprentices to join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice, whilst earning a competitive salary starting at £31,551 and other benefits.

If you are interested in a career in policing, register your interest to find out more on the Herts Police website at