HOME Secretary Priti Patel attended the passing out parade for 48 new Essex Police officers who have completed their initial training at force headquarters in Chelmsford.
They were welcomed to the Essex Police family at the COVID-Secure event by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst and other chief officers and senior officers.
The event marks the successful completion of initial training with another cohort of new officers joining Essex Police. The publicity around this will provide visible reassurance to the people of Essex as officers join their new teams around the county and the event was live-streamed so family and friends could share the moment online.
The officers of ‘R’ intake started their training in June and have spent the past 20 weeks at Essex Police College training and preparing for their new lives as police constables protecting and serving Essex. Now they will be deployed to teams across the county to help keep our communities safe from harm.
After they pledged their commitment to serve Essex residents, Mr Harrington told them they were joining policing at a challenging time.
“At times of challenge, the public will look to our leaders and they will also look to you to help them and keep them safe. We are leading the response across greater Essex, working with partners to protect and serve Essex at a time when people, and especially the vulnerable, are anxious, unsure and sometimes scared.
“That is why it has never been more important for policing and for you to think about the core principles of your role: help people, keep them safe and catch criminals.
“The people of Essex rely on us to do this. We, the police, with our partners in law enforcement are the people who have the duty and responsibility to catch these people and bring them to justice.
“And we do it well. We’ve seen a reduction in recorded crime over the last year, with 9,286 fewer offences recorded and, importantly, fewer victims of crime between September 2019 and September 2020, compared to the year before.”
Wishing our new officers well on their journey with Essex Police, Chief Constable Harrington told them: “Over the last year we’ve been attracting more people from diverse backgrounds. We are not there yet but this progress, and also your professionalism, will help us police with the consent of all our communities. We are committed to being an inclusive force, which welcomes people from the many diverse backgrounds and communities across Essex.”
PC Hannah Wix will be joining the team at Harlow. She joined us because one of our firearms officers had a chat with her after helping her father.
“I wanted to become a police officer because the officer who came and helped my father was really encouraging and, if it wasn’t for him, my father wouldn’t be here so I wanted to do that for someone else.”
Hannah says valuing difference is important. As a Type 1 diabetic, she says the force has supported her from Day One to make sure she’s fit for duty. But it’s also key to the way we police our county as it means we better reflect and understand the communities we serve.
“Every day you meet different people, they have different needs. Sometimes one person’s needs may differ and you have to adapt,” adds Hannah.
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