New recruits make history on 'landmark day' for police

New recruits with Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police's latest recruits at a passing out ceremony held on March 21. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Eleven student officers will make history as Cambridgeshire Police’s latest recruits. 

The new recruits will join the force under the police constable degree apprenticeship, receiving on-the-job training as they work towards a degree in professional policing practice. 

Those officers are part of a passing out ceremony today (Monday), ahead of being deployed across the force. 

The apprenticeship is part of the policing education qualifications framework (PEQF), as the 11 officers become the first to join Cambridgeshire police under the new programme. 

New Cambridgeshire Police recruits

Cambridgeshire Police's latest recruits at a passing out ceremony held on March 21. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police recruit Grace Bremner

Grace Bremner is one of Cambridgeshire Police's new recruits to join an apprenticeship programme. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Chief constable Nick Dean said: “It’s a landmark day for the Constabulary and our implementation of the PEQF, which has been described as the greatest change to policing for a generation.   

“PEQF seeks to reflect the complexity and demands of modern-day policing and ensures new officers are appropriately skilled to meet demand.” 

New recruits with Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police's latest recruits at a passing out ceremony held on March 21. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Shakira Munday of Cambridgeshire Police

Shakira Munday is also joining Cambridgeshire Police as part of its apprenticeship programme. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The force continues to recruit to the three-year degree apprenticeship, alongside the two-year degree holder entry programme (DHEP) for those who already have a degree.  

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The DHEP converts a degree into a graduate diploma in professional policing practice. 

New recruits with Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police's latest recruits at a passing out ceremony held on March 21. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Mr Dean added: “Policing has changed and continues to do so; as such we must ensure our training reflects this.”