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More than 200 new officers have joined Northumbria Police since lockdown began.

20th July 2020

Chief Constable Winton Keenen along with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness last week welcomed 52 student officers into the Force.

Their arrival means a total of 217 new recruits have joined since lockdown was announced on March 23, as part of the Force’s ongoing recruitment campaign to increase the number of officers across the area.

Due to Coronavirus, special measures have been put in place to allow training to go-ahead, with an increased emphasis on digital and virtual learning.

Chief Constable Keenen said: “These new officers are needed now more than ever, to support the vital services we provide to the communities we are proud and privileged to serve.

“We set out to recruit exceptional people from all communities, who will bring a range of experiences and who are determined to make a real difference.

“In doing so, we want to make Northumbria Police more representative of our wonderfully diverse communities here in the North East so that we can continue to serve their needs as best as possible.

“I wish all of our recruits every success with their training and for the future.”

The latest recruits have joined the Graduate Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (G-IPLDP).

This is a bespoke two-year programme, open to student officers who already hold a degree and will be focusing their development in an investigative role whilst working towards the Level 3 Policing Diploma.

It is the first G-IPLDP programme Northumbria Police have delivered.

Commissioner Kim McGuinnes said: “Our police officer numbers are growing and growing and the more we have in their uniforms out on our streets, the better. This is what people want to see, especially when the Force has been hit hard by a decade of austerity. We are doing everything in our power to invest and build the force back up – to make people feel safe and keep crime down.

“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of the latest round of new recruits. They were a really pleasant bunch, committed to their new role and from all walks of life. All were really itching to get started. I’m grateful to each of them for signing up to be a police officer, especially in these challenging times, and I look forward to meeting them again as they progress their careers with us.”

Keep an eye on our Northumbria Police’s LinkedIn page for more information on recruitment.