Essex Police welcomes 18 new officers in a passing out parade
Eighteen new recruits proudly ‘passed out’ this afternoon (Friday, August 25) during a special ceremony at our HQ in Chelmsford. They were welcomed into the force by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst and Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord-Lieutenant for Essex.
The officers in Intake AA have spent the last 18 weeks training to be Police Constables and after pledging their commitment to serve the residents of Essex, were welcomed to the force in front of their loved ones.
Mr Kavanagh thanked the officers for all of their hard work during their training and wished them well in their future as Pcs.
He said: “In your careers you will change lives, you will go out there and you will protect the vulnerable, you will lock up some of the most evil people in society and you will solve cases that nobody thought were solvable. This is a job like no other and you are going to make an enormous difference. I’m proud to have every single one of you on board in Essex Police and welcome you to our family.”
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex said: “I’m here on behalf of the people of Essex to welcome you on their behalf. I know how much the people you will be serving value what you do. I’ve been out on duty with a number of officers and I’m constantly amazed by the spirit and the courage and I’m amazed you’ve stepped forward to do this. I think it’s a hugely commendable thing to do and I wish you welcome and every success.”
Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord-Lieutenant for Essex said: “It’s very good to see so many people here today to witness this passing out parade. You’re a great selection of people, quite varied in backgrounds and very skilled and passionate about what you’re doing. I’d like to congratulate you and importantly I’d like to thank the people that have worked with you. I want to wish you good luck for the future and I want to impress upon you how lucky Essex is to have you.”
During their training course to become Police Constables, the students held a 24 hour run-row-ride fitness challenge to raise money for Southend Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.
They took part in sessions of running, rowing and cycling throughout the 24 hours trying to rack up as many miles as possible and more importantly, trying to raise as much money as possible for a worthy cause. They racked up almost 520 miles by running, rowing and cycling – the equivalent of travelling to Belgium and back from Chelmsford.
The officers raised £1,814.65 in total and presented a cheque to the daughter of one of the student officers who had benefitted from the great work of the staff in Southend Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit. The family will donate the money directly to the unit.
The event saw Pc Jamie White awarded the Essex Police College Shield and Pc Daniel Bowditch awarded the Class Trophy.
The event also saw the Kirste Snellgrove student officer award being presented to Pc Dean Bell for demonstrating the core values expected of a Police Constable.
The award was created in 2012 in honour of training Sergeant Snellgrove, who sadly died following a long fight against cancer.
During her 22 years’ service with Essex Police, she had displayed the key values expected of every Essex Police officer and loved her role of serving the public.