by PC Ben Perkins, Programme Development Officer
Last Friday and Saturday, we were delighted to welcome 117 members of Cohort II to the Hilton Doubletree, London Docklands, for their Spring Induction. This was our first opportunity to get (nearly) all of the members of our second cohort together and the room was buzzing with excitement.
Hosted by the always-inspiring Chief Superintendent John Sutherland, over the two days we explained the program in more detail and helped the new recruits understand what was expected of them ahead of the Summer Academy. Members of the cohort also shared their hopes and fears of the months to come and hopefully left feeling much more reassured and excited about the job they’ve signed up for!
Friday afternoon was spent giving our new recruits the opportunity to observe life on the front-line first-hand. We are hugely grateful to Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster Borough Operational Command Units for hosting the newest members of our policing family. The recruits heard from neighbourhood police constables and detectives, toured custody suites and saw officers responding to immediate calls. One even saw the London Ambulance Service delivering successful CPR to a heart attack victim – driving home the point that this is truly a #JobLikeNoOther
On Saturday we had the privilege of hearing Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote, speak on his experiences with the police and his hopes that Police Now will help to re-establish links between disaffected communities and the police. Needless to say it was a conversation that everyone in the audience, new recruits and veterans alike, found inspiring and thought-provoking.
We closed the event with a Q&A panel – trying to make sure we answered as many questions from the cohort as possible before they left us. There were officers from West Midlands, Lancashire, Thames Valley, Surrey and the Met together on stage taking questions from the audience – showing the national scope of the programme.
It was particularly gratifying to see members of the first Police Now cohort, now onstage taking questions from our newest class of recruits. Hearing their stories after just one year into the job was a great way of bringing to life the role that our newest officers will kick off in September.
Now on to the Summer Academy!