We attend all of the Passing Out Parades held within the Met to welcome the newly qualified police officers to the greatest police service in the world.
Passing Out Parades are a very special occasion for newly qualified police officers and their family members. It is an opportunity for them to celebrate their hard work and dedication in completing the intensive training course that is required for them to become a police officer. We like to think of it as the police graduation day!
When the newly attained police officers arrive at Hendon Regional Learning Centre on the day of the parade, they are given a few opportunities to rehearse the march, which they will later perform in front of some of the most senior leaders in policing including the Commissioner, their friends and family and in some cases royalty, politicians and local press.
Once the officers have rehearsed the parade, they then come into the foyer area of the centre to meet with their close friends and relatives. A professional photographer is on site to take pictures of the Officers in their dress uniform with their family and friends.
A selection of exhibitors are available in the foyer area to welcome the new officers to their exclusive services. We are on hand to provide information about our products and answer any burning questions the officers may have. The Lifetime ISA generates a lot of interest at this particular event amongst those wishing to leap onto the property ladder. We also have a free prize draw, which many enter in the hope to win a Marks & Spencer hamper worth £50 at the end of the day. Many officers are drawn to the stand by our nice selection of freebies, which includes keyrings, pens and sweets!
Next is what everyone has been waiting for – the Parade! The officers take to the stadium to conduct a march, which is observed by Cressida Dick, who is the current Commissioner of the Met.
Once the march has finished, everyone then makes their way back inside to enjoy free tea and coffee that is provided by us, whilst networking with their new colleagues. The event ends with a senior police officer announcing the winner of the free Metfriendly prize draw. The winner is then presented with the prize as everyone is leaving the venue.
How was your Passing Out Parade experience? We’d love to know!