Published 28 September 2018

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The first batch of new officers appointed under Kent Police’s biggest ever recruitment campaign are set to start their duties.

The 34 officers took part in a ceremonial Passing Out Parade on Friday 28 September in front of their friends and families who were joined by the Chief Constable of Kent Alan Pughsley QPM and the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott.

The new recruits are part of an uplift in the number of officers keeping the county safe. In February, Mr Scott increased the 2018/19 council tax precept, meaning a Band D household pays an extra £1 a month, funding an additional 200 Kent officers to support local policing.

There will be a further planned recruitment of 240 officers to maintain existing numbers, while an additional 80 staff will also be employed.

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said:

‘It was a privilege to attend the Passing Out Parade for our newest officers and welcome them into a police force that has been graded as ‘outstanding’ for the way it treats the public and the people who work for it.

‘It was fantastic to see the officers showing a great deal of pride in their achievements during the parade and they will now begin protecting our communities and putting victims at the heart of everything we do as a police force.’

Kent Police’s will be recruiting into the New Year and applicants should visit the force website for more details.

Successful applicants will be placed on a training programme which will include physical fitness, legal training and tutoring with local policing teams.

Mr Scott said:

'Residents across Kent consistently tell me they want to see more police officers, being more visible, in their communities.

'I've used council tax to invest in up to 200 more police officers this year. I am sure residents will join me in wishing the latest recruits all the best for their future careers. We all look forward to seeing them on our streets soon.'

Kent Police is also open for the recruitment of volunteer officers to join it’s award winning Special Constabulary, where they can receive training to the same standard as a regular full-time police officer in support of their community.