Kent Police has held its largest passing out parade for 20 years.
After 19 weeks of training, 43 new officers are now able to start their duties.
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott says the county will soon have 271 one more officers than when he took office in May 2016.
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The additional officers are being funded by an increase in the police’s council tax precept.
Mr Scott said: “I was delighted, alongside the Chief Constable, to launch the force’s #Morethanthebadge recruitment drive back in February and it is great to now see the campaign bearing fruit.
“Kent will soon have 271 more police officers than when I took office and, despite the financial challenges we face, I am not looking to stop there.
“Only last week I hosted a Blue Light Jobs Fayre in Dartford attended by hundreds of people keen to learn more about a career with Kent Police and I hope many of them will be applying to join the force’s ranks in 2019 and beyond.”
Mr Scott was joined by Chief Constable Alan Pughsley QPM for the passing out parade at the Kent Police Training College, Maidstone, on Friday, November 2.
Mr Pughsley said: “It fills me with great pride to welcome so many new officers to this outstanding organisation.
“Our 43 newest recruits are joining an extremely dedicated team of officers, staff and volunteers who are focused on protecting our communities and putting victims at the heart of everything we do. There has never been a better time to become a police officer in Kent.”
The force will be continuing to recruit into the New Year. Potential applicants should visit the Kent Police website for more details.