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Student Police Officers Graduation Ceremony 8 May 2007

EIGHT Student Police Officers have completed the first on-Island Initial Training Course for 70 years.

Police graduation April 2007
Police graduation April 2007
Constables John Penman, Doug Ross, Bryn Griffith, Tim Sullivan, Lee Wright, Katrina Ott, Richard Cretney and Emily McLean received their graduation certificates from Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK at a Graduation Ceremony held at the Sefton Hotel, Douglas.

Mr Quayle commented:

‘I believe the recruiting of local people who are then trained on the Isle of Man will enhance the work of community policing in the Neighbourhood Teams. I was delighted to have been able to congratulate the student officers on their graduation and wish them all a long and fulfilling career.’

The award for Best Overall Student on the course went to Constable Lee Wright. This officer displayed all the core values and competencies of a police officer throughout the course.

Best police student  Lee Wright April 2007
Best police student Lee Wright April 2007
His communication skills developed throughout the course and, above all, he treated everyone with dignity and respect.

Chief Constable Mike Culverhouse said:

‘It was a particular pleasure to present the Mike Ward Cup to Constable Wright for his outstanding performance whilst training but all members of the group achieved high academic standards and developed their professional skills remarkably quickly. I also wish them a most satisfying and productive career with the Isle of Man Constabulary.
‘I’d like to take this opportunity of putting on public record my thanks to all their trainers and the people who supported them behind the scenes for their outstanding work.’

Also present at the ceremony were Jenny Gordon and Andy Kelly on behalf of the Isle of Man Friends of Ronald McDonald House. They accepted a cheque from the Student Officers for £2,650 which was the amount raised when they pulled a large and very heavy police van for four lengths of Douglas Promenade.

Staff Development Manager, Inspector Mike Ward, said:

‘It was a very enjoyable evening. The ceremony was attended by the family and friends of the student officers, senior officers of the Force and the students’ tutor constables, with whom they will now be working in various parts of the Island.’

The completion of the first training course signalled the start of the next recruitment campaign by Isle of Man Constabulary. Inspector Ward added:

‘During the last recruitment drive in August 2006, there were 350 enquiries for information packs from which 60 completed application forms were received.’

The Constabulary are now looking to recruit 12 new constables to replace officers retiring in the next 12 months. The new recruits will start training in September. Candidates will need to be between 18½ and 40 years of age and be physically fit.

Further details can be obtained form the Isle of Man Constabulary website click here or by telephoning 631546 between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm.

Photo captions:

Class of 2007: On-Island trained Student Police Officers at their graduation presenting Ronald McDonald House with the £2,650 raised by pulling a police van along Douglas Promenade. Pictured are Jenny Gordon and Andy Kelly of Ronald McDonald House (centre) with (left to right) Constables John Penman, Doug Ross, Bryn Griffith, Tim Sullivan, Lee Wright, Katrina Ott, Richard Cretney and Emily McLean.

Best overall Student Constable Lee Wright (centre) receives his graduation trophies from Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle (right) and Chief Constable Mike Culverhouse

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