Next generation of Kent Police officers complete their training
Sir Michael Fallon MP joined the proud families and friends of Kent Police’s newest police officers in watching their loved ones complete their initial training in Maidstone.
The Secretary of State for Defence and MP for Sevenoaks was the guest of honour as 52 new Police Constables passed out at Kent Police College at a special ceremony. Following five months of initial training, they will now take to the streets providing visible neighbourhood policing across the county - including in Sir Michael’s own constituency.
Sir Michael said:
Sir Michael, who during his visit also enjoyed a tour of Kent Police’s Tactical Training and Firearms Unit, added:
‘It is an enormous privilege to meet the next generation of police in Sevenoaks. They have demonstrated excellence and dedication in order to pass the course and will provide valuable service to our community.’
Also in attendance at the parade was Cllr Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council.
‘I wish them all the best in their careers.’
Kent Police’s Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) share a joint vision with neighbourhood policing as the bedrock of policing in Kent.
‘It was good to have the opportunity to meet the new Medway officers. I welcome them to Medway, where they will join the very good officers we already have, and I will support them in any way I can.’
The PCC Matthew Scott said:
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said:
‘I know from the many conversations I have with residents right across Kent and Medway that the number one thing they want to see is local policing. So I have made providing visible neighbourhood policing and effective roads policing a priority for the Chief Constable and I have raised money through the council tax precept and released funds from the force’s reserves to help him deliver on that.
‘It is always a pleasure to attend these events and share in the pride that the officers’ families and friends clearly feel. Since I have been in office Kent Police has increased its establishment to 3,262 full-time officers and each and every one of them is an asset to our communities.’
‘I am very proud to welcome the latest new recruits to Kent Police who will soon be patrolling the streets of Kent.
‘They are joining an extremely dedicated team of officers, staff, and volunteers who are proud to protect the communities they serve and I have every confidence that they will continue the force’s priorities of providing a quality service and putting victims at the heart of everything we do.’
- Kent Police continues to recruit more PCs and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Visit the Kent Police jobs page for more information.