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Notts Police welcome 24 new police officers to help with Coronavirus outbreak

March 25, 2020
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Nottinghamshire Police welcomed 24 more police officers to the force at a special ceremony at Force Headquarters.

The latest intake of Nottinghamshire Police officers, Cohort IP7, were sworn into their new roles at a special open air ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

The Attestation ceremony was overseen by Chief Constable Craig Guildford and Magistrate Cherryl Lacey.

As advised by the government following the Coronavirus outbreak, the ceremony wasn't attended by the friends and family of the new police constables, but the event was filmed which will be shared so they don’t miss the occasion.

The officers read their attestation sheet, receive their powers and sign their declaration of service.

The latest cohort includes former Nottinghamshire PCSOs, Special Constables, Prison officers, former members of the armed forces, fitness instructors and a waitress.

Over the coming months the new officers will continue with their training before their passing-out parade in July 2020.

PC Michael and Simon Butler are two of the officers to join the policing family.

Their father, Peter retired from the force after 42 years working as both a police officer and staff member. He worked in the city centre alongside legendary officer Tug Wilson, as well as working in the control room and the crime desk. Their grandfather was also a Police Officer.

The force has arranged for Michael to have his Dad's collar number (947) and Simon has been issued his Grandad's old number (437).

Michael said: “We are both very proud. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and obviously the police are heavily in our family makeup. It felt like the right time to join.

“I was in the Navy, but I have had plenty experience in policing having worked for the city council’s Community Protection department in St Ann’s and Sneinton for 11 years.

“It was obviously a shame that our family and friends couldn’t have been there, but having my brother there made up for it. It was very surreal, but proud.

“Obviously it’s a very strange time for us all, but as a group we are all adapting to the situations. We are flexible, ready to perform and we will be called upon when needed to help out. I already feel like we’re very much part of the policing family. We’re all so keen to get out there and help the public and make our Nottinghamshire streets safer.

“I actually joined after a chat with the Chief Constable who I met during a council event. We had a conversation and asked if I fancied joining, three years later here I am.

“It was just luck I guess that my brother and I were put together. We are both chuffed to keep the family legacy on with our collar numbers. It was my wife who came up with the idea, so we just contacted the force to see if it could be done. It’s a nice touch, we only wish our Grandad could see us in our uniforms.”

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said after the ceremony: "It is even more important than ever to continue to bring new officers into the force and last night's event was a proud moment for us all. It was just a little different due to the current situation.

"I'd like to thank the family and friends of the cohort, who sadly couldn't be there to witness the ceremony. I'm sure they will understand why they couldn't be present, but I can assure you that you would have been have very proud of them all.

"The force is very much open for business and for anyone who has recently lost a job due to the virus or been impacted in some way, we'd love to hear from you.

"We are also looking to expand our volunteer sector, so if it’s simply helping your local community, please get in touch.

"We continue to recruit. Interest in joining the force has been hugely encouraging and we continue to run online webinars this month, with nearly 1,000 people registering this week to see what opportunities we have available.

"I'd encourage those wanting to learn more to visit our website."

To find out more about our online recruitment webinars click here.

To find out more about volunteering for the force click here.

Picture (left-right): Simon and Michael Butler

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