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12 new Dorset police officers conduct community placements

Twelve new Dorset police officers have spent their first week in the community on placements with local agencies and services. The dozen officers are in their fourth week of a twenty week course. They were sworn in during a ceremony at Force Headquarters, Winfrith on 5 July 2013. They are the first new police officers in Dorset since 2010, following a three year recruitment freeze.

Mr Colin Weston JP administered the oath of office to the new officers. Mr Weston advised the new officers to listen attentively to the teaching of their instructors. “As a police officer you need to remember two things: professionalism and integrity. Dorset Police is a small force which punches above its weight and is renowned for its professionalism. I offer my congratulations, thanks and wish you all the very best of luck.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has welcomed the officers to the Force. “The recruitment of the twelve new police officers demonstrates our commitment to protecting frontline services and sends a reassuring message to the people of Dorset that we are committed to keeping their neighbourhoods as safe as possible. I wish the new officers every success in their future careers.”

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “I’m delighted to welcome our twelve recruits. Whilst crime trends continue to fall it is important to ensure we have new officers who will offer a balance within our workforce and these officers will help to deliver the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan. I wish them good fortune and look forward to seeing their development over the coming weeks.”

The twenty week course will include law, personal safety, search techniques, public order and first aid. They will then be deployed to stations across Dorset where they will work under the watchful eyes of their tutor constables who will guide them through the challenges of policing the county.

Police Constable William Conroy said: “Becoming a police officer is a childhood dream come true. I have waited ten years for this. I am looking forward to making my family and Dorset proud.”

Police Constable Laura Witt said: “I am privileged to be here. I have waited four years for this. I have wanted to be a Police Officer since a young age.  I studied criminology at university, focusing on domestic abuse, and am looking forward to helping people as much as I can.”

New PCs July 2013