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Cohort BB welcomed into policing family

August 11, 2018
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17 more police officers passed out in front of their friends and family on Friday 10 August 2018. Cohort BB are the latest intake of police constables to join the force following 18 weeks of training.

The cohort were officially welcomed into the policing family during a short ceremony at the headquarters and were inspected by Chief Constable Craig Guildford who thanked them for their hard work so far and wished them well in front of their loved ones.

Mr Guildford said: “I’m delighted to welcome another group of new officers to the force. Cohort BB are another group to join us as we edge closer to our target of 2,000 officers by April 2019.

“It’s a very exciting time to join the force, we are an employer of choice and I’d like to wish the officers all the very best in their policing careers.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The passing out parade is an important moment in these officers’ careers and I wish them all every success.

“The recruitment plans are now turning to a visible reality, which is great news for the local community. Congratulations to Cohort BB.”

34-year-old PC Ashley Whittaker-Smith had previously worked as a bus driver and in sales. He’s set to be deployed to work in Mansfield later this month.

He said: “I’m very excited. The 18 weeks of training was hard-work, but really enjoyable. It’s a special day for us all, but it’s great for me personally as I’ve also got my family here today including my 95-year-old Grandma, who’s celebrating her birthday today, it’s a very proud moment.

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid. I’ve previously applied twice before, but I wanted to give it one last shot. Third time lucky.

“Training was an eye-opener, but working with this cohort made it easier and hugely enjoyable. The guest speakers, the role-play scenarios and the night-time economy training was really interesting. If anyone was thinking of getting into policing, I’d encourage them to give it a go.”

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