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More female officers join Police Scotland

- IAN BUNTING

Monklands will have more female officers looking out for its residents as they have accounted for almost half of the latest intake of probationa­ry constables to join Police Scotland.

Of the 179 officers who were welcomed into the policing family recently by Chief Constable Iain Livingston­e, 82 were women.

A total of 12 per cent of the new intake are from ethnic minority background­s.

The new recruits took their Oath of Office at a ceremony at Police Scotland’s headquarte­rs at Tulliallan Castle in Fife as the Chief Constable welcomed them into policing and a career dedicated to public service across the country

The Chief Constable said: “The Oath of Office marks the point at which our newest recruits are sworn into Police Scotland as constables, embarking on their careers in public service.

“Although we have much still to do, this particular intake of new constables reflects the progress Police Scotland has made in our drive to increase recruitmen­t from underrepre­sented groups.

“Policing in Scotland takes its authority and legitimacy from the people of Scotland and I remain committed to doing everything I can to ensure the service represents and reflects the communitie­s we serve.”

A significan­t number of the recruits are graduates with degrees in discipline­s including law, criminolog­y, psychology, robotics and cybertroni­cs, forensic anthropolo­gy and applied pharmacolo­gy.

The intake also includes six former special constables, a fraud advisor, civil servant, footballer and a civil engineer.

Visit Police Scotland’s website for more informatio­n on a career in policing at https://www.scotland.police. uk

 ??  ?? Proud moment The new officers taking their Oath of Office at Police Scotland’s headquarte­rs
Proud moment The new officers taking their Oath of Office at Police Scotland’s headquarte­rs

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