The last few weeks has seen the passing of two big events in the Police Now calendar. On Tuesday 17th February, we hosted a Cohort Building Evening for our new intake of recruits. The event was held at the Empress State Building and provided an opportunity for the Police Now team to say a much-deserved ‘well done!’ to the new intake on making it onto the programme. It also gave the new ‘Police Now-ers’ a chance to meet and greet each other and socialise before coming together again at our two day induction that takes place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March.
The evening began with an address from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball who congratulated the new cohort and welcomed them to the Police Family. Following this, they were addressed by Police Now Project Lead Detective Chief Inspector Dave Spencer before moving onto a few quick rounds of ‘Speed Networking’ – speed dating’s more serious cousin. After ten minutes of rapid-fire introductions and instantaneous forgetting of names, everyone was moved up to the top floor of the Empress State Building for some top views of London at night and mingling at a slower pace. The Police Now team and a number of our ambassadors from all over the MPS were on hand to meet and speak with the participants and answer any questions they might have about the programme or policing in general. Feedback from the participants on the evening was extremely positive as was the feedback from serving officers who attended and met the cohort and were left suitably impressed by the newest additions to our organisation!
Then on Wednesday 4th March, Police Now invited representatives from all of the other police forces across England and Wales to attend the Empress State Building and find out more about Police Now. The aim of the event was to give the attendees an insight into how Police Now works and what it is about and to see if the other forces of England and Wales would be interested in having the Police Now programme expand to include their forces.
The event was opened with an address by Clare Davies, the HR Director of the MPS. Police Now has been shaped by closely following the model employed by Teach First, who have been a valued supporter of Police Now from its inception. We were privileged to have talks from James Darley, Teach First Director of Graduate Recruitment about the impact that Teach First has on teaching and from Charlotte Edwards, a Teach First graduate now employed at PwC about her experiences as a Teach First teacher.
After hearing from Teach First, our project lead Dave Spencer delved into more detail about Police Now and we heard from PC Rhona Hunt who played an integral part in getting the word of Police Now out there to would-be applicants at universities across the country. We also had two brave participants from our first intake, Farah Elahi and Isabella Grotto who agreed to speak to the attendees about their views on the Police Now programme so far and what made them apply and fielded questions from the audience superbly, leaving everyone with no doubt in their minds that our selection process had yielded an intake of brilliant and gifted individuals. Finally, the event was closed by Chief Superintendent John Sutherland, our Police Now engagement lead before the attendees were free to network with our Police Now Ambassadors. Again, this event went swimmingly, much to the credit of our Police Now project manager, Claire Cullen. Both events were extremely well-received and many thanks to all those who participated! And now we’re looking forward to the next event…..the Police Now Two Day Induction!