Lothians and Borders division to welcome new probationary constables

ALMOST 300 new probationary Constables joined Police Scotland last week.

And 19 of them are destined for the Lothians and Scottish Borders division IF they complete the gruelling 11-week training course.

The constables whose ages range from 19- 52 will be given training in legislation, officer safety, and physical education.

The course is divided into six units relating to: Police and the Community – Evidence – Crime – General Police Duties – Road Policing and Writing Skills.

Probationers are assessed by way of formal examinations and practical exercises.

On conclusion of the course, there is a written exam and officers must also pass two mandatory fitness tests.

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Chief Constable Iain Livingstone welcomed the 297 recruits to Police Scotland and thanked them for their commitment to public service during an oath of office ceremony at their Headquarters in Tulliallan.

The recruits all made the Police Constable’s declaration to faithfully discharge their duties with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, and promised to uphold fundamental human rights under the authority of Justice of the Peace, Dr Vicki Nash.

Chief Constable Livingstone said: “Our officers come from the diverse communities we serve and from who draw our legitimacy. What unites us in Police Scotland are our values and a shared mission to keep people safe.

“As Chief Constable, I welcome our new Constables and thank them for stepping forward to make what is a significant commitment to public service and to underline the values and behaviours they must uphold and promote.

“Policing is a demanding but rewarding vocation. The oath of office ceremony is an important opportunity to emphasise that Constables who discharge 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 intake, made up of 56% male recruits and 44% female.

Of the intake, 10% identified as being from a minority ethnic group, totalling 29 officers, and languages spoken fluently by recruits include Polish, Romanian, Norwegian, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Persian and Chinese Mandarin.

Six of the recruits were previously serving Special Constables with Police Scotland, two were members of Police Staff, and 17 of the new constables have previous military service.

Chief Constable Livingstone added: “Recruiting officers who share our values and reflect and represent all our communities is vital to maintain and enhance 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 us accessible and approachable. The increasing diversity of our recruits continues to help our organisation to do this.”

The successful recruits will then join colleagues serving communities across Scotland during a two-year probationary period.

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