The final ‘Passing Out Parade’ of the year where 74 new officers offiicaly joined Essex Police was held yesterday (Friday, November 15).

In total, 360 people have joined Essex Police during the course of 2019, equating to gaining nearly one new officer per day.

The new recruits who completed their training by proudly took part int the Pass Out ceremony surrounded by their family and friends at headquarters in Chelmsford.

They were welcomed into the force by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, Dorothy Hosein, Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service and other Chief Officers.

Their journey started in Chelmsford but it will take them across the county, as our officers are posted to our different stations to help keep Essex safe.

At the ceremony, after pledging their commitment to protect and serve the residents of Essex, they were welcomed into the force in front of their loved ones.

Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington thanked the officers for their hard work during their training.

He said: “It’s an honour for me to welcome and congratulate another 74 new police constables into the Essex Police family.

“In 2019, we have now welcomed 360 officers, which totals to almost one new officer for the county per day.

“The passing out ceremony is a celebration at the culmination of 18 weeks intensive training before our new officers go out on patrol to serve our communities; helping people, keeping them safe and catching criminals.

“I am looking forward to seeing where their journey in policing takes them’’

During their training, the 74 new officers were split into four intakes were each group held fundraising events for their chosen charities throughout their training.

The event saw PC Allan Donaldson awarded the Essex Police College Shield and PC Alexandra Reynolds, PC Nicole Jenkinson, PC Kellie Morant and PC Benjamin Herbert winning the ‘Class Trophy’ for each of their classes.

PC Nicole Jenkinson was also awarded The Kirste Snellgrove Student Officer award which celebrates the achievements of an exceptional student in each intake.

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