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Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling led a special ceremony last night (Thursday, 24 January) at Mather Avenue that saw student officers graduate from their training, march out and be inspected during their passing out parade.

The event signifies the end of initial training and the start of their policing career.   Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, joined senior police officers, friends and families in the first passing out parade for two years with nineteen new police officers celebrating their graduation.

The officers, 8 women and 11 men, will be spread across the force and will spend their first two years as Neighbourhood Officers.

The officers come from a range of different backgrounds.   Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ian Pilling, said: “I am proud to have introduced these students into the Merseyside Police family, a force to be proud of and this gives us nineteen more reasons to be proud.

“This is great news for the Force and for communities across Merseyside and these officers will make a real contribution by providing reassurance and visibility.   “These officers reinforce our commitment to see more police officers becoming part of the fabric of the communities they serve – building  local knowledge, forging strong relationships with families and businesses and helping support safe, strong communities for all.   “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them and wish them luck for their future careers.”   Commissioner Kennedy, said: “I am proud to have the opportunity to attend the new recruits’ special night, the first recruitment in two years since the onset of the cuts in funding to policing. The officers have trained extremely hard to reach Merseyside Police’s high recruitment standard and the people of Merseyside will benefit greatly from their dedication and commitment.

“I wish them the best of luck in their careers with Merseyside Police.”

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