A COHORT of trainee police detective constables have arrived at West Midlands Police.
The 40-strong group have completed Police Now’s National Detective Programme academy and will now help solve cases and support victims of crime across the region.
The 13-week residential academy began in March when almost 230 new officers – who have all join their respective forces across England and Wales – began their intensive training together.
They have developed the core policing skills and knowledge required for complex investigative work, in a mix of practical and classroom-based sessions led by experienced sergeants seconded from Police Now’s partner forces.
They have also completed field training shifts in their force Response teams and Criminal Investigation Departments.
Trainee detective constable Michelle Bailey, who joins West Midlands Police via the programme, said: “I joined Police Now’s programme with no experience in policing and a background in exercise and health science.
“I am very passionate about helping those in need, making a positive impact upon the community and had always aspired to join the police.
“The Police Now academy has been challenging but also extremely enjoyable.
“Despite being a little nervous with regards to landing in force I am very much looking forward to putting everything I have learnt so far into practice and continuing to develop my policing knowledge and skills.
“I look forward to working alongside colleagues at West Midlands Police, learning from them and making a positive impact on the communities we serve.”
Supported by their experienced colleagues and Police Now performance and development coaches, they will be Professionalising Investigation Programme Level 2 certified by the end of the two-year programme.