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Student police officers’ graduation ceremony 21 December 2007

TWELVE student police officers have graduated following the second on-Island Initial Training Course for police recruits.

The five women and seven men received their certificates from Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK at a ceremony held at the Sefton Hotel, Douglas, last night (Thursday) in front of their family and friends.

Mr Quayle told the audience:

‘The students were selected from 55 applicants and joined on September 10. The 15 week course involved training for a total of 600 hours incorporating law, practical exercises and personal safety training. I congratulate each of them on their achievement and wish them all a long and successful career in the Isle of Man Constabulary.’

Chief Constable Designate Mike Langdon presented the Mike Ward Cup for the student judged best overall in the group to Constable Christie Morgan, age 20.

Mr Langdon commented:

‘Our officers have worked extremely hard to achieve this success and it was pleasing to see families and friends supporting them at the ceremony. The officers represent the future of the Constabulary – locally recruited, locally trained and deployed in neighbourhoods.’

During the evening the student officers presented a cheque for £3,050 to Crossroads Caring for Carers, which was raised by them in a sponsored event. The 12 officers planned to cycle 350 miles – the equivalent of the distance from Douglas to Scotland Yard in London – using bicycles on rollers. The sponsored cycle was staged outside Shoprite in Market Street, Douglas, and the student officers actually managed to ride 500 miles, a really magnificent effort.

The student officers are: Adam Hawkes, Mark Langley, Michael Griffiths, Chris Dentith, Jamie Watterson, Matt Creer, David Thommeny, Christie Morgan, Kerry Gascoyne, Emily Perkins, Charlene Dooley and Emily Butler.

Mike Ward, Staff Development Manager for Isle of Man Constabulary, said:

‘The officers will have a break over Christmas and then they will all take up posts with the various Neighbourhood Policing Teams. They will be going on patrol with a tutor constable for around 10 weeks to gain further experience until they are assessed as capable to go out on independent patrol – alone – from around March.’

The new intake of constables helps to maintain the Island’s establishment of the police force at 236 officers. Another recruitment campaign seeking at least eight more student constables will commence in January 2008.

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