MORE than 170 new officers started the next stage of their careers with Northumbria Police.

On Monday, March 27, 90 new recruits wore their uniform for the first time, days after 85 of their colleagues celebrated completing their initial training at a special celebration ceremony with their families.

For the last time before his retirement, chief constable Winton Keenen, QPM DL, officially welcomed the latest officers.

Hexham Courant: Winton Keenan addresses latest recruitsWinton Keenan addresses latest recruits (Image: Northumbria Police)

“To this day, I can still remember how incredibly proud I felt pulling on the Northumbria Police uniform for the very first time. As I come to the end of my career after 38 years in policing, I wish the latest recruits all the very best for the journey that lies ahead."

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Hexham Courant: New Northumbria Police recruitsNew Northumbria Police recruits (Image: Northumbria Police)

“They are joining dedicated colleagues – officers, staff and volunteers – who are determined to provide the very best service possible and who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, to make real and lasting differences to the wonderful communities we are privileged to serve and be a part of here in the North East.”

“I would encourage anyone with a sense of public service to consider whether a role with Northumbria Police might well be right for them.  

“We want to recruit exceptional people from all walks of life, who will contribute positively to our culture and values.

“Policing is a career like no other – and whether as an officer, staff member, or volunteer, there are some truly fantastic opportunities available.”

The latest recruits replace retiring officers and form part of Northumbria Police’s commitment to increase numbers.