This was a first! To celebrate the inaugural Attestation of Haringey Police Constables.
I’ve been before to passing out parades at Hendon – when new recruits complete their initial eighteen week training. But after that – they are allocated boroughs – and after two years probation become fully fledged Police Constables.
This was a ceremony to celebrate the completion of their probation. Thirty-eight young (and some not so young) men and women (and there were a lot of young women) recited the Attestation itself and then came up to receive their certificates.
Congratulations to all of them.
I spent an hour after the ceremony talking to some of the constables and their families. A hugely bright cohort – they were full of ideas about a whole range of things in the police – of which I have since made copious notes.
On Wednesday I will be attending on behalf of the Home Secretary the 25th Anniversary of the Death of PC Keith Blakelock. There will be a parade and a wreath laying. A sober reminder of how those who serve do literally put their lives on the line to keep us safe.
So we should be all the more grateful that so many young people want to enter the police service and do it for all the right reasons. It was a very heartwarming occasion.