ALMOST 300 new trainee officers joined Police Scotland last week.
And 19 of them are destined for the Lothians and Scottish Borders division IF they complete the grueling 11-week training course.
Constables between the ages of 19 and 52 will receive training in legislation, officer safety and physical education.
The course is divided into six units covering: police and community – evidence – crime – general police duties – traffic policing and writing skills.
Trainees are assessed through formal exams and practical exercises.
At the end of the course, there is a written exam and officers must also pass two mandatory fitness tests.
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone welcomed the 297 recruits to Police Scotland and thanked them for their commitment to public service during a swearing-in ceremony at their headquarters in Tulliallan.
The recruits all made the constable’s declaration to faithfully discharge their duties with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, and promised to respect basic human rights under the authority of the justice of the peace, the Dr. Vicki Nash.
Chief Constable Livingstone said: “Our officers come from the diverse communities we serve and from which we derive our legitimacy. What unites us to Police Scotland are our values and a common mission to keep people safe.
“As Chief of Police, I welcome our new constables and thank them for agreeing to make what is an important commitment to public service and to underscore the values and behaviors they must uphold and promote.
“Police is a demanding but rewarding vocation. The swearing-in ceremony is an important opportunity to highlight that constables who carry out their duties in accordance with our values and their oath have my support as Chief Constable and the support of the Police Service of Scotland .
The workforce, made up of 56% male recruits and 44% female.
Of the workforce, 10% identified as belonging to a minority ethnic group, totaling 29 officers, and the languages commonly spoken by recruits are Polish, Romanian, Norwegian, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Persian and Mandarin Chinese. .
Six of the recruits previously served as special constables with Police Scotland, two were members of police staff and 17 of the new constables have previously served in the army.
Police Chief Livingstone added, “Recruiting recruiters who share our values and reflect and represent all of our communities is essential to maintaining and strengthening our crucial bond of trust with the public we serve.”
We have a positive moral and legal duty to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. This includes being representative of the communities we serve, making ourselves accessible and approachable. The growing diversity of our recruits continues to help our organization achieve this.
Successful recruits will then join colleagues serving communities across Scotland for a two-year probationary period.