Over 70 Police Constables on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme attended their passing out parade with the Metropolitan Police Service (The Met) on Friday (10th December 2021), officially welcoming them into force.
In total, over 300 Metropolitan police officers – including those who joined via Police Now – participated in their passing out parade and subsequent ceremony, which took place at Hendon Peel Centre.
The parade was attended by Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House QPM and Commander of Learning and Development Adrian Usher, as well as senior officers including London’s Borough Commanders.
Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House QPM said: “I want to congratulate all of the Police Now officers, and their colleagues, who attended their passing out parade on Friday.
“Police Now is a valuable programme for the force and I am pleased to see so many great officers joining through this route. I wish them all the very best in their future policing careers with The Metropolitan Police Service.”
The officers marched on to the parade square, accompanied by The Band of the Grenadier Guards and Met police horses, before attending the awards ceremony.
Several ‘Top Student’ awards were presented to Police Now officers at the ceremony, including PC George Beckley, PC Mourad Dekiouk, and PC Emily Nice, to recognise their levels of behavioural and academic success during their training.
Police Now officer PC Dekiouk said: “Training both with Police Now and the Met has been intense, but ultimately has left me feeling confident and prepared to work in some of the busiest areas of London.”
The Police Now officers are part of a cohort of over 300 officers who were attested at the Police Now academies this summer and deployed across 14 forces in England and Wales.
They will continue their training in force as neighbourhood police officers on the two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme, tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in their local communities.
Originally incubated within the Metropolitan Police Service, Police Now was founded in 2014 and has since become an independent social enterprise. In its first year, Police Now supported the recruitment and training of 71 police constables in The Met whilst establishing itself as an independent social enterprise, and has since recruited another 423 police constables into the force via this route.
In total, Police Now has recruited 494 police constables to The Met and over 2,000 officers across 33 forces in England and Wales since it was established.
Police Now’s mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase the public’s confidence in the police service by recruiting, developing and inspiring outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.