Seven new police officers are now ready for life on the York beat.
The new recruits were among 28 officers from across North Yorkshire welcomed to the force by Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy at a passing out ceremony at the force HQ in Northallerton.
PC David Ellison
PC Kira Robinson
PC Rachel Shaw
PC Jonathan (Joby) Lewis
PC John Armstrong
PC Alastair Foy
PC Lewis Culpin
The new officers have successfully completed an intensive 18-week, initial training course which includes law, personal safety, search techniques, public order, first aid and a local community placement, all designed to prepare them for life on the beat.
The officers also undertook a considerable amount of home study as part the course to qualify for the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing.
ACC Kennedy, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome the new officers to North Yorkshire Police. They have worked very hard throughout their initial training and can now look forward to a challenging but rewarding career serving the communities of North Yorkshire.
“I am sure each and every one of them will be an asset to the service and the communities which they will serve.”
The total number of recruits taken on by North Yorkshire police this year is 69.
“In tough times we are one of few police forces able to continue to recruit and train new police officers.,” said Julia Mulligan, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
“This follows the decision I took with the Chief Constable to overturn the old Police Authority’s decision to reduce officer numbers in North Yorkshire.
“Congratulations go out to the new recruits. I know they have worked very hard to get to this point, and can now look forward to going out into the community and put that training into practice.”
The new officers will begin work in their communities from August 9.