Rookie officers get warrant cards

Lancashire Police's new recruits at their attestation ceremony at police HQ
Lancashire Police's new recruits at their attestation ceremony at police HQ
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Lancashire Police handed out warrant cards to 59 officers at a special ceremony.

The newest recruits officially became part of the force after taking part in the first attestation ceremony of the year.

The new officers are now two weeks into their initial training, which will see them shadowing police on the streets of Lancashire, being trained in investigative interview techniques and undertaking Crime Scene Investigation training.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “It has been several years since Lancashire Constabulary was able to open up recruitment externally, and the demand the force received from 
people wanting to join was phenomenal.

“The roles they will play in Lancashire will be vital, they will be responsible for keeping the public safe, upholding the highest standards of honesty and integrity and representing Lancashire Constabulary in our communities. I hope they will all be a real asset to the force.”

Nineteen of the new recruits have already studied a foundation degree in Policing at the University of Central Lancashire and will undertake a three-week “bridging” course, while the remaining recruits will complete a full 21-week training course. After that they will spend 10 weeks working with a tutor Constable before being assessed and signed off for independent 
patrol.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said: “The Constabulary looks forward to welcoming this intake of new recruits. They are a vital part of policing our communities and will be deployed to 
areas of greatest risk and threat throughout the county.”