Probationer officers complete their initial training

Twenty three police officer recruits have spent the last 24 weeks following a rigorous training regime and are now ready to take up their new roles.

The 16 men and 7 women came from a variety of backgrounds including PCSO, the military and the private sector. 

The officers spent the last six months of their initial training developing the skills and understanding needed for progression to operational policing.

Police Sergeant Rachel Smith from the Learning and Development Department said: “The training which our Constables have undertaken enables them to develop the practical skills and knowledge they need to work towards independent patrol now that their initial training has ended.” 

Chief Constable Iain Spittal, who will formally preside over their passing out ceremony at Police HQ tomorrow said: “I’d like to welcome our Constables who have proved their commitment to joining Cleveland Police over the last 24 weeks. Each member of the team brings valuable skills and experience with them.

“They have undergone a huge and varied amount of training and have been continuously assessed over the last six months and this will continue over a two-year period. It is great to see them now take this step towards becoming fully operational officers.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger added: “Although there is lots of hard work ahead of them in this challenging environment – it is also the start of an exciting journey.  I wish them all a long, happy and fulfilling service with Cleveland Police.”