This week, Sussex Police welcomed 66 new police officers who have joined the force through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and Degree Holder Entry Programme and embark on a challenging and exciting career which promises to be like no other.
Joined by family and friends, the 66 new recruits were formally sworn in at an attestation ceremony on Monday, July 4th at East Sussex National hotel. Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner, joined by the High Sheriff of East Sussex Jane King and Magistrate Neil Fulbrook JP, witnessed the new recruits swearing their allegiance to the Crown and were presented with their warrant cards.
Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “As a police officer, your attestation day is an important milestone of your policing career and is a moment that all new recruits embrace with great pride and honour. I was pleased to have met each of the 66 recruits at the event and have the opportunity to wish them well in, what I still believe is, the best job in the world.
“Each day our officers are able to make a fundamental difference to the communities of Sussex – protecting the most vulnerable, catching criminals and ensuring that victims and witnesses receive the outstanding service that they deserve. It is not a job that everyone can do, requiring great resilience, compassion and a deep desire to do what is right for others and I’m delighted that these individuals, from all experiences and backgrounds, have chosen to become a Sussex police officer.
“We are open for recruitment at the moment and I would urge anyone who wants to make a difference, build friendships for life and be there when it matters to take a look at our careers pages and apply now.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Attestation ceremonies are always such a pleasure to attend when I can see our new recruits sworn in as police constables under the proud gaze of family and friends.
“The oath is not a formality from a bygone age, it is in fact a remarkable obligation to preserve the peace and protect fellow citizens from harm and I‘m sure our latest intake will carry out their duties without fear or favour.
“I look forward to hearing more about their policing journey and the difference they are making as Sussex Police continue to recruit more police officers to keep our county safe.”