Ten new police recruits are in the classroom from 7:45am to 4pm Monday to Friday. *Photo by Sirkka Huish
Ten new police recruits are in the classroom from 7:45am to 4pm Monday to Friday. *Photo by Sirkka Huish
MONDAY, SEPT. 13: Ten new student police officers are currently being put through their paces.

The new recruits aged 19 to 42 have recently started a 25-week course at police headquarters at Prospect.

The group is made up of six males and four females. Nine of them are Bermudians and one of them is a spouse of a Bermudian from Jamaica.

They are being given practical training in all aspects of policing as well as undergoing grueling physical workouts. The course also includes two work placements to “get some hands-on experience”.

The recruits are in the classroom from 7:45am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with optional Saturday learning sessions. They have to undergo weekly tests and regular exams.

Acting Chief Inspector Charlene Thompson of the Bermuda Police Training School said: “The students know what is expected of them.

“We want them to become competent officers so that it is difficult to differentiate between the new and seasoned officers.”

The recruit foundation course (number 73) started on Monday, August 23 and they are expected to graduate on February 29 next year.