Stay at home, help save lives and help the NHS: COVID-19 advice and information.

New Wiltshire Police recruits graduating early to get on the streets

New Wiltshire Police recruits graduating early to get on the streets

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:00am 21st March 2020.

3 minute read

The force is speeding up their training to maintain a visible presence in a 'period of uncertainty' for the nation.

37 recently qualified police officers will be added to Community Policing Teams across Wiltshire and Swindon from next week (Monday 23rd March).

They were due to graduate on April 3rd, but as they've already completed their exams, are being brought in local beats sooner.

It's hoped the extra officers will be a reassurance to us while the coronavirus crisis is affecting all of our lives.

Police officers on Salisbury High Street (Mike Draper)
New police officers will join the ranks in Wiltshire a little earlier than expected

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: 

"I am delighted that we have been able to bring the date forward for these officers to be deployed within our community policing teams and provide support where it is most needed. 

"These are unprecedented times and as a police force, it is crucial that we maintain the business the public expects from us - the role of policing is, and always has been clear. We must continue to deliver a police service that protects the public, prevents crime and keeps you safe. 

"I have personally met with these new officers and I can say they will be a fantastic addition to our Force - they are dedicated and community spirited and will help us help you during these difficult times."

Each of the new officers will be work alongside experienced police tutors for 12 weeks before they're able to patrol independently.

Wiltshire Police is also working to get another 20 recruits through their training quickly too.

Wiltshire Police officer vest (Mike Draper)
The officers will be out on the streets two weeks earlier than planned

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said:

"I really welcome this news and I hope the public too find it reassuring that from Monday, we will have an extra 37 police officers across the county. 

"We are currently experiencing unprecedented times but I am pleased that the Chief Constable has made this move to ensure we are well resourced and providing our communities with the reassurance they require. 

"It is vital now, more than ever, that as a community we are all looking out for each other throughout this critical time."

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Spire FM

© Copyright 2020 Spire FM, A UKRD group company