Greater Manchester Police welcomed 120 new officers at the latest attestation ceremony at Sedgley Park Training Centre yesterday (Tuesday 1 November 2022). This is one of the largest cohort of officers this year that have been sworn into the force.
The new officers were sworn in by Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Jackson in front of Magistrate Barry Frost.
The attestation marks the start of the student officer’s journey into their new career in policing.
This year the ceremony is unique as it combines officers that are both on the Policing Education Qualification Framework programme and also the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme. All students undertake 19 weeks learning in an educational environment before landing in their districts across Greater Manchester for an additional 10 week training.
Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Jackson said: “I’m delighted to welcome the newest group of recruits into our force. Greater Manchester Police are committed to protecting the people of Greater Manchester and it is a great privilege to serve our communities. Keeping the public safe will always be at the forefront of what we do on a day-to-day basis and the growth of our officer numbers will only help us in our venture.
“This attestation ceremony comes soon after GMP were removed by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary from special measures on Friday 28 October, showcasing the vast improvements that have been made force wide since October 2021. This has come from the hard work, passion and the tenacity of officers across every district and branch in the force. It has never been a better time to join GMP.”
“This last year has really highlighted the extraordinary efforts our officers go to protect the public. It is a hugely challenging, but rewarding career, and I welcome those who have a vocation in policing to join us.
“Our new officers bring knowledge and skills to our force, as recruits come from all different backgrounds and walks of life with a collective passion of protecting our communities across Greater Manchester.
“We’ll have 1000 additional new officers by the end of the year – which means we’ll have over 8000 officers in GMP for the first time in a decade.”
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