Proud evening for new police constables

Family travelling from as far away as Australia and Dubai watched with pride as 13 new police officers last night made their oath to uphold the law and protect the communities of Cleveland.

The attestation ceremony is held at the end of 18 weeks of intensive weeks of training for student officers and means they will now go out to police the streets.

Chief Superintendent Alison Jackson was there to welcome the recruits to operational policing. She said: “These new recruits are starting their career in policing with pride and commitment. I’ve heard how keen they all are to start working out in our communities and making a difference every day.”

During the recruits’ training they have learnt the essential skills to carry out their role from the  law a police officer needs to know to personal safety training and how to use police computer systems.

They’ve also had input on assisting vulnerable people and dealing with modern challenges such as cyber crime.

The new police constables will now be paired with a mentor and sent to work across Cleveland Police’s Force area.

Three recruits who will be working together in Stockton are Holly Worthy, Abbie Marchant and John Crangle. They’ll be posted to response policing and be the first response to 999 calls.

Holly, 27, a mum-of-one from Middlesbrough, studied at Cleveland College of Art and Design before achieving a PGCE at university in Bristol.

Yet she’d always had in the back of her mind a career in policing – remembering her older cousin joining the police force when she was a child. When the opportunity to apply came up she put a career in teaching on hold to pursue her original policing dream.

Holly, who is particularly passionate about protecting vulnerable people, says: “I really believe that policing allows you to make a difference to people that will stay with them for the rest of their life.”

Former dental nurse Abbie Marchant, 27, was excited to see family who have travelled from Dubai to watch her make her oath.

Abbie, who is also a mother-of-one, always wanted to join the police and when her daughter started in full-time education she felt able to start the application process. Abbie said: “The training has been excellent but we know the real work starts now! I’m looking forward to getting out on patrol and meeting people on the street.”

Hartlepool man John Crangle could be forgiven for being slightly tense at the ceremony as his third child is due any day now. John, 38, who joined the police after working in IT in the education sector for the past 20 years, loves the problem solving aspect of policing. He said: “I’m really interested in neighbourhood policing and the idea of getting to know a community and problem solving within it.”

Every intake of recruits chooses a charity to support during their training, this group chose Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and raised £1,106 through sponsored challenges such as running the distance from ‘Boro to Bow Street, London - which is linked with the historic origins of policing.