Police Now participants in Surrey achieve Independent Patrol Status
Wednesday 20 October 2021
On Tuesday (19th October) 31 Police Now participants on the National Graduate Leadership Programme received their Independent Patrol Status (IPS) certificates from Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens QPM. A number of special awards were also presented.
The parade and awards ceremony took place at Loseley House in Guildford and was attended by Chief Constable Gavin Stephens QPM and guests including Lord Michael More-Molyneux, High Sheriff Dr Julie Llewyn, Magistrate Gilly Crichton and Inspector Tim Pulleyn, as well as friends and family.
Addressing the officers, Chief Constable Gavin Stephens QPM said: “I want to congratulate all of you on receiving your IPS certificates today as we mark this important milestone in your policing careers.
“I know you have already thrown yourselves into problem-solving and supporting your communities and having spoken to many of you today I am struck by the variety of work that has already been undertaken by officers in this room. Even after 28 years of policing I can say that no two days are the same.
“Policing is a tough vocation, there are going to be ups and downs and you have already had to begin your careers under the difficult circumstances of the last year. But you all have incredible and exciting careers ahead of you, you are part of something bigger as you work alongside your colleagues to create safer communities in Surrey and I am proud to welcome you to the policing family.”
Several special awards were presented to Police Now officers at the ceremony:
The Surrey Police Standards Award was presented to PC King and PC Gates, for going above and beyond in their work and showing excellent policing skills when responding to a high-risk domestic violence case. They secured and safeguarded the victim and took swift investigative action, leading to a quick arrest of the suspect. This award is presented to officers who exemplify the qualities and behaviours required of Surrey Police staff.
The Surrey Police Endeavour Award was presented to PC Johnson for her strength and perseverance throughout the summer training academy, battling through personal circumstances and breaking down barriers in order to constantly progress in her work. This is awarded to officers who, through their drive and determination, demonstrate their tenacity to develop the skills and abilities required of today’s Police Officer.
The Chief Constable’s Cup was presented to PC Mansfield for his constant drive to develop as an officer and his ability to remain positive under pressure. PC Mansfield put himself forward for bespoke anti-social behaviour (ASB) training and set about making positive changes within his community, recently using a multi-agency approach to deal with a repeat ASB offender and successfully obtain a Criminal Behaviour Order against them. The offender’s behaviour and cooperation with the police has since improved, and he has accepted help for substance abuse. This award is given to the officer who has demonstrated an ability to exceed expectations for a Surrey Police Probationer Constable. In other words, the person who is considered to be the all-round outstanding officer of the course.
Independent Patrol Status is given to officers who have successfully completed their training and passed assessments to show that they have the knowledge, experience and skills to operate as an independent police officer.
27 Detective Constables with Surrey Police also received their IPS certificates at the ceremony alongside their Police Now colleagues.
The 31 Police Now participants joined Surrey Police in 2020 via the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme, a two-year programme which trains and develops participants to become leaders in neighbourhood policing in communities across England and Wales. Officers on the programme share a commitment to transforming communities, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, and increasing the public’s confidence in policing.
Surrey Police has partnered with Police Now for 5 years and has recruited a total of 90 police constables and 36 detective constables to the force via the National Graduate Leadership Programme and National Detective Programme.