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Follow student officers through training - week one round-up

At the beginning of this week, 16 new recruits started week one of their initial 20 week classroom based training to become police officers, at Dorset Police Force HQ.

On their first day the student officers were welcomed to the Force by the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and the Chief Constable Debbie Simpson.

Day two saw the new recruits complete their Fitness Test. The very next day the officers were put through their paces again as they took part in ‘First Look’, which is a team building exercise during a 5 mile cross country run. The student officers carry equipment such as old tyres, rope and wooden planks in order to complete various tasks across the route. The exercise is timed with objectives for the group to meet, with tasks such as safely crossing stretches of water.

The students have also started their learning modules which will run through the duration of the course and include policing plans, law studies and welfare, amongst others. The training follows the national curriculum for policing, which is set out by the College of Policing.

We asked the students to sum up their week in three words, they were:


Acting Inspector and Deputy Training Manager, Jon McCarthy, commented:

“This week we welcomed the students to the organisation.  It has been a challenge for their mental and physical abilities and a test of their team working skills.  The officers have been left under no illusion of the strict standards that are expected of them by our police trainers and we have a tough schedule planned for them next week”

Next week the officers start their personal safety and first aid training. On Wednesday they will be formally sworn into the Force as police constables during their attestation before a Magistrate.  

Stay tuned for more updates to follow!

Issued: 20 March 2015

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