Northumbria Police welcomes latest batch of new recruits

Dozens of new recruits have been welcomed by Northumbria Police.

By David Sedgwick
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 7:00 am
Some of the new recruits at Northumbria Police.
Some of the new recruits at Northumbria Police.

The 62 new police officers were welcomed to the Force by Chief Constable Winton Keenan and Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness.

The appointments are part of an on-going recruitment drive, which has seen 553 new recruits join Northumbria Police since March 2020.

Chief Constable Keenen said: “We want people who are passionate about protecting other people and delivering a public service we can all be proud of – people who bring a wide and diverse range of experience, skills and abilities.

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“Northumbria Police has consistently provided the very best service possible and we need officers who will continue to reach those high standards and build on the efforts of the many exceptional officers who have gone before them.

“We have worked very hard to maintain our recruitment targets during the on-going pandemic and this highlights the commitment everyone in Northumbria Police has towards keeping up with and getting ahead of the ever-changing demands faced by modern-day policing.”

The new recruits will replace retiring officers, while also increasing existing numbers.

Miss McGuinness, said: “I’ve loved meeting all the new faces who are joining Northumbria Police.

“Together, with the Chief Constable, not only are we recruiting more frontline officers, but we are smashing government recruitment targets.

"And it’s not all about numbers. We’re fortunate to have so many high calibre candidates, who are coming through what is a very competitive recruitment process.

“The world of policing is constantly evolving and so having new talent on board from a range of backgrounds, to work alongside our experienced officers, will really strengthen our force.”