The Chief Constable of Gwent Police has said the force plans to recruit 150 new officers this year.
He revealed the plans to boost frontline officers as he talked about the force’s latest batch of 11 new recruits.
On Friday he will welcome the 11 officers to the force in an official passing out parade.
The ceremony will be only the second time Gwent has held one and will see the new recruits graduate from their training, march out and be inspected by the Chief Constable.
The officers will work in various roles and locations across the force.
Chief Constable Mick Giannasi said: “These officers join the eleven others who were welcomed into the force in the first ever Gwent Police Passing Out Parade in December last
“The event signifies the end of initial training and the start of their policing career.
“In addition to these new officers and the transferees from other UK forces that have joined us in recent months we also intend to recruit a further 150 officers in the coming year, further increasing the number of frontline officers serving our communities.”
The eleven officers who have their passing out parade on Friday February 19 will continue to be assessed through their two year probationary period, during which time they must achieve a Level 3
Diploma qualification in Basic Policing.