Meet the new PCs
PHOTO: (L-R) Chelsie Maskell, Alex Monteiro, Charlie Boyce, Matt Fisher, Steve Richardson, Tom Davis
Meet some of our new recruits from the largest intake in more than 10 years.
All 70 of them, double the usual intake, attended a formal swearing in ceremony at Sussex University on Wednesday night (September 12).
The recruitment to local teams across Sussex has been made possible by this year’s rise in council tax.
“The police were in my life a lot during a disruptive childhood and they had a positive impact me,” said Charlie Boyce, 23, a former PCSO being posted to West Sussex. “I now have an opportunity to continue to show what an influence they can have.”
Fellow new recruit Chelsie Maskell, 21, will bring her experience of working with vulnerable people when she starts work in Brighton and Hove. “I wanted to play my part from an early age,” she said. “When I was 15, a schoolboy in the year above me died after being stabbed in the neck. As a police cadet with the Met I initiated presentations at schools in an effort to reduce knife crime and have since as a paralegal worked with witnesses and victims.”
Alex Monterio, 24, worked many years in the hotel industry and is bringing her people skills to West Sussex. “Working at a busy hotel near Wembley Stadium, I liaised closely with stadium security and police. Working in the hotel gave me confidence in dealing with people from a range of backgrounds over a number of issues, and I enjoyed learning about people’s lives. As a police officer I want to look back and know that I did something that I was proud to do and helped others.“
Forty-year-old Steve Richardson, said: “My career had been in IT for many years, but I wanted a job that gave something back and now I’ve got it.”
He will be working in West Sussex with Matt Fisher, 23, who despite coming from a police family background, followed his dream in performing arts. “While I studied, my focus changed and I realised this was the career choice I wanted because I can now make a difference,” he said.
Tom Davis, 30, who will be based in Brighton and Hove, said: ”After working in engineering for years, I met up with police officers who told me about their jobs helping others and I wanted to join the force and be out in the community supporting others.”
Former cabin crew Lauren Wallwork, 24, thinks that working with passengers, at 38,000 feet with nowhere to go, will help her in her new role at Brighton and Hove. She said: “Drunken night Ibizas were a challenge and I always jumped at the chance to help when there were issues. I think that experience will help me in the job.”
They joined their 70 colleagues at the formal attestation ceremony to welcome them in to the police family and instil pride and professionalism from the start of their intensive 15 week course.
During that time they will learn how best to respond to incidents, manage difficult people and make an arrest, as well as learn about legislation, interview training and personal safety and first aid.
These new recruits will be seen out in the community with their tutors on division just before Christmas.
They will be joining 33 new constables completing their training this week and out in the community by the end of September. In addition, the biggest ever intake of PCSOs, 34 in all, will be starting their training on Monday (17 September).
With more police staff investigators and contact handlers joining us, overall Sussex Police will be welcoming 150 new officers and staff by the end of October.
Chief Constable Giles York said: “I warmly welcome the new recruits, bringing new skills and different life experiences to the job, and I wish them every success.
“I want to thank the training team, which has doubled in size in recent weeks, for stepping up to this most recent challenge - and what a good challenge it is, to influence the future of Sussex Police so positively.
“They have worked hard. This new intake is part of our drive to recruit 800 police officers in the next four years that will lead to an overall increase of 200 officers by 2022.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I was delighted to join Sussex Police’s 70 new recruits at their attestation ceremony and to have the chance to meet them and their proud families and friends.
"Our latest intake comes from a very diverse range of ages and backgrounds, and it was interesting to hear what motivated people to join and get a sense of their personal ambitions and how they see themselves serving their communities.
"We are welcoming recruits with a wide range of skills and knowledge that will undoubtedly enhance the frontline capabilities of Sussex Police. What struck me most as we talked was their genuine commitment to make a difference.
"I know that Sussex residents will be very glad to see 70 new police officers patrolling our streets in December after training.”