Having completed their initial academy training, 13 new trainee Detective Constables joined Devon and Cornwall Police on Monday, 27th June, via Police Now’s National Detective Programme.
Their training began in March, when 170 new officers were attested at Police Now’s detective academy. The 14-week academy participants, are equipped with the core knowledge and skills required in modern investigative work including managing crime scenes, making arrests, handling complex investigations, first aid and officer safety training. Participants also sat their National Investigators’ Exam and completed field training shifts in Devon and Cornwall Police’s Response and Criminal Investigation Departments.
Trainee Detective Constable Megan Singleton joined Devon and Cornwall Police via Police Now’s programme, from her previous career as a data analyst. She said: “The Police Now academy has been incredibly enjoyable. We have been lucky to be taught by very experienced serving and retired police officers, who have been both an inspiration and huge support to us all.
‘The academy has prepared us well to go into force and get fully involved in serving our communities and I am very excited for the next stage of this programme. It is challenging at times but very rewarding and we have all built great friendships. We are all looking forward to being in Devon and Cornwall Police to apply what we have learnt at the academy and continue to build on the invaluable skills and knowledge we have gained.”
Trainee Detective Constable Paola Fantini also joined the force via Police Now’s programme. Paola, originally from Italy, joined the service after working as a drama teacher in Canada and volunteering with refugees in York. She said: “It’s been an exciting journey from Italy, to Canada, to the University of York and finally to Police Now. I feel very excited and a little bit nervous to have reached this point, but I am thrilled to be landing in a force where I can start to make a real difference to people’s lives as a detective constable.”
The new officers will now continue Police Now’s two-year National Detective Programme within their force, where they will be supported by Police Now coaches and force colleagues to play an integral part in solving crimes and supporting victims of crime across Devon and Cornwall. They will also work towards their Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice in partnership with the University of Huddersfield.
Detective Sergeant Marcus Hodges, an experienced officer seconded from the force to train the new detectives at the academy, said: “I joined Police Now’s academy to bring together my passions for training and crime investigation, using this to help shape the next generation of detectives for Devon and Cornwall. I have consistently been amazed at the passion, commitment, and growth that the students have demonstrated throughout their time at the academy. These officers are an inspirational group of individuals who have shown continued passion, resilience and a keen desire to learn. I hope to see them use the skills and knowledge gained to make a positive impact within the force and help influence the future of policing within our communities.
‘It has been a pleasure working with these 13 very enthusiastic participants throughout the academy and I have seen them all develop their detective skills as the weeks have gone on. They have experienced shifts within Devon and Cornwall Police and I have received very positive reports back from local supervisors. I look forward to seeing them land in force now that they have finished their training and see how they continue to develop over the two-year programme. This is the second cohort to arrive into Devon and Cornwall Police from Police Now and I believe that the programme has given these officers the best start in their careers as detectives. ‘I look forward to the force engaging further with Police Now and continuing to develop the future leaders within our crime departments.”
Applications for the next intake of Police Now’s National Detective Programme are currently open: https://www.policenow.org.uk/national-detective-programme/?utm_source=press_release&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=NDP_apply
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