Peterlee gets new police officer
PETERLEE is set for a new police officer as Durham Constabulary unveils its first new recruits in more than three years.
PC Chloe Pallas has swapped her job at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in Sunderland for a role at Peterlee Police Station.
She is one of five male and five female officers to take to street patrols.
They joined the force in February after a lengthy recruitment freeze was lifted.
After undergoing 11 weeks of classroom-based training and practical, role-playing exercises, they have now been posted to their respective areas of work.
The next 10 weeks will see them undertake normal policing duties under the guidance of an experienced officer before a final assessment to establish they are ready for independent patrol.
The majority of the rest of the group are former police community support officers.
In March, 1,000 people responded to a recruitment drive.
After an assessment process, almost 200 people were then selected for a formal interview.
The first interviews were held recently at police headquarters and the successful candidates are expected to hear the good news in the next few days.
It is expected that 54 new police constables will be appointed to Durham Constabulary over the next 12 months, in three separate intakes.
Chief Constable Jon Stoddart said: “This is a really exciting time for the force and the first time in three years we have recruited officers.
These individuals are joining a high performing force and I am sure they will give excellent service to their communities.”
Durham Police Authority chairman Peter Thompson said: “This is great news for the public. Our ambition to reduce crime and serve communities remains undiminished.”
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