Devon & Cornwall Police has recruited 313 student police officers as part of the Government’s national Uplift programme

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Devon & Cornwall Police has recruited 313 student police officers as part of the Government’s national Uplift programme

In 2019 the Government announced plans to recruit an extra 20,000 officers
over three years and by the end of September 2022 a total of 15,343
additional officers have been recruited by police forces across England and
Wales.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

In Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the Uplift funding injection
meant that the Force needed to recruit an additional 469 police officers by
the end of March 2023, with 313 having joined the Force by the end of
September 2022. This recruitment is on top of existing planned recruitment
and intakes are already planned for the coming five months to enable the
Force to meet this target.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

The Force has recruited officers by a variety of entry routes, including
the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, Degree Holder Entry Programme,
Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme, as well as a number of officers
re-joining the service and transferring to Devon & Cornwall Police from
other forces.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

Assistant Chief Officer Alexis Poole, Director of People, said: “I am very
proud of all the work that has already taken place to ensure we are on
target to recruit these increased numbers of police officers. Our teams
have worked tirelessly to select and train these future officers for our
communities. I meet our student officers on their first day with us and I
am always inspired by the experience they bring to policing and the passion
they have to serve others.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

“These officers will initially serve in our patrol, neighbourhood and
investigation teams, supported by more experienced colleagues to deliver in
our communities. These additional resources will help us strive to meet our
continued ambition for world class sustainable policing.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

“Uplift has seen an increase in the number of women in policing, which has
now reached more than 50,000 for the first time since records began. In
Devon & Cornwall Police women now make up 35.3 per cent of police officers
in the counties, and since April 2020 a total of 42.6 per cent of new
joiners to the Force are female.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

“Our police officer recruitment remains open and I would encourage anyone
considering a career within policing to visit our website to find out more.
It really is a job like no other, where no two days are the same and one in
which you can make a real difference to our communities.

Devon & Cornwall Police Has Recruited 313 Student Police Officers As Part Of The Government’s National Uplift Programme

“We offer constant professional development opportunities to allow
colleagues to grow throughout their career and after successfully
completing studies and a probationary period, our police officers can look
to specialise, move roles or study for promotion and pick from over 200
uniformed roles.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Alison Hernandez said: “Thanks to the residents of Devon, Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly telling me that they would pay more in their council tax
precept, we were able to increase officer numbers by 216 and this was able
to start before the Government uplift programme.

“These new officers provide us with a wealth of new skills and come from
all different walks of life. I enjoy meeting with them at either their
induction or passing out parades to hear about their career background and
aspirations in policing. It’s also great to meet their family and friends,
who are a vital support to them in their role.”

Police Constable Emily Smith, a response officer in Plymouth, said: “I have
been a part of Devon & Cornwall Police for three years. During this time I
have had the opportunity to obtain a degree while learning to become an
operational police officer.

“University never appealed to me as I have always been more hands on in my
learning and the new police recruitment programme has allowed me to further
my education while also working practically.

“I love coming in to work because every day is different and I never know
what to expect. I’m looking forward to the rest of my policing career.”

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