Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has welcomed 120 new constables into its ranks.

The force's latest attestation ceremony at Sedgley Park Training Centre in Prestwich took place on Tuesday, February 14.

The new officers were sworn in by Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Chris Sykes in front of magistrate Stephen Paine.

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The attestation ceremony is an important moment for all police officers as they embark on a career in policing.

The attestation said by every new officer underlines their commitment to serve GMP and the public with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality.

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ACC Chris Sykes said: “I’d like to welcome you - our newest officers - to Greater Manchester Police.

“Today you are signing up as a police officer and when you leave this room you will have powers that ordinary citizens don’t have and what I ask of you is that you treat those powers with respect, and you use them carefully.

“You are joining one of the biggest police forces in country and we now have nearly 8,000 serving officers.

“GMP have grown in recent years, and it serves a very large and very diverse population.

“It will give you many opportunities and you will have a fantastic career.

“It’s a career I’ve absolutely loved – I’ve been with GMP for 28 years and have never moved.

“As you go forth now, remember as police officers it is your job to uphold the law.

“Our job is simple: we uphold the law, and we follow the rules.

“And if we get those basics right, we will be an excellent police service.”

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