Cleveland Police has welcomed 23 new constables to its ranks.
A former trade union rep, teacher, prison officer and a bookmaker are among the probationer constables who began their operational duties on Monday after joining the force in January.
The officers will spend the next 10 weeks working in local policing teams with a tutor on regular patrols across the area.
Inspector Tim Blades said: “I’m confident that with their many and varied backgrounds to draw upon, they already have many of the essential personal qualities and life skills required for the challenges ahead.”
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “It is great news for the force and for the communities we serve that we have recruited more officers.”
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal added: “I’d like to congratulate and welcome our new trainee constables. Although there is lots of hard work to come, this is the start of an exciting journey for them.”