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Five new officers make up the numbers in the States police force

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FIVE new officers joined the States police on Friday morning when they were sworn in at the Royal Court.

L>R Craig Fosse, James Alcock, Iain McCallum, Hannah Amy and Paul Hopper Picture: ROB CURRIE. (25837069)

PCs James Alcock, Hannah Amy, Craig Fosse, Paul Hopper and Iain McCallum were all selected during the 2018 recruitment drive.

They have been locally recruited and will replace officers who have left the force over the last year, rather than making an increase in numbers.

The five new recruits will fly to the UK tomorrow to start ten weeks’ initial training with Norfolk Constabulary, where all States police officers are trained.

On returning to the Island they will complete a further ten weeks of tutorship under the close supervision of an experienced officer before being allowed to undertake solo patrolling.

Acting Chief Inspector Mark Hafey said: ‘It’s always a proud moment when we bring new officers into the force.

‘They’re about to undertake some world-class training with Norfolk Constabulary and we look forward to welcoming them back in December to commence supervised frontline duties.’

When they were sworn in at the Royal Court yesterday they were congratulated by Lieutenant Bailiff Anthony Olson.

The swearing-in coincides with the closure of the 2019 States police recruitment campaign.

In total 110 locally qualified people have applied, with 87 making it through the initial filter, 35 being women.

Applicants will now complete a series of tests to assess their mental and physical suitability for employment with the force.

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