The first passing out parade to include direct entry detective constables has taken place today, Friday, 13 July.
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service Cressida Dick and special guest London Mayor Sadiq Khan congratulated the 172 new recruits in front of friends and family at the Met’s historic training academy in Hendon.
A passing out parade is a traditional ceremony which marks the transition from trainee police officer to probationer.
During the parade, officers marched onto the parade square accompanied by music performed by The Band of The Royal Logistic Corps and performed drills as instructed by their drill Sergeant.
They were then inspected by the reviewing officers; in this case, the Commissioner and the Mayor who later offered words of encouragement, support and recognition of their chosen career path.
In addition, there was an award ceremony for the top performing students.
The probationary detective constables joined the service through an innovative method of recruitment.
They undertook and passed a rigorous selection process, with specialised training in the field of investigative work in the first pathway of its kind for the Met.
At today’s parade there were 37 detective constables and 135 other officers, with 24% of them from a Black and Minority Ethnic background. They will now join their respective units to keep the Capital safe.
Passing-out parades have taken place in Hendon since 1934.
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