Twenty-two student police officers have joined neighbourhood policing teams across Cleveland to continue their probationary periods, in the first move of its kind for Cleveland Police.
Historically, new officers on their two-year probation have cut their teeth on response policing teams, dealing with 999 emergencies. They will now spend their time getting to know local communities and dealing with neighbourhood priorities and issues out on the beat.
The police constables have been formally inducted into the Neighbourhood and Partnership Policing Command and have started on new shifts across Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.
Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “This is a really great opportunity for our student police officers to get out on the beat and learn more about our communities.
“As they carve out their careers, being in neighbourhood policing at this early stage will give them a solid foundation for the future. Whether they stay in neighbourhood policing or venture into detective work, roads policing, or other avenues, the skills gained in dealing with issues at street level will stay with them.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “This is great news for our communities and a boost for neighbourhood policing. I’ve given a firm commitment to strengthen neighbourhood policing as I know how important it is for local people.
“I have met the new constables and they are keen to learn about the diverse areas that they will police across Cleveland.”