LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in Geneva, Valais and Vaud all celebrated the arrival of new recruits in the past 10 days, with swearing-in ceremonies that mark the end of their one-year training programmes as uniformed cops on the beat (gendarmes) or plains-clothes detectives.
The ceremonies are attended by VIPs from the police world, where there is a growing amount of collaboration between police from different cantons, the army, border guards and other emergency services.
Vaud was the last of the three, Thursday, with 32 new gendarmes and 9 new detectives, most of them in their early to mid-twenties.
Caroline, one of the detectives, told GenevaLunch that she planned to become a teacher, but when she finished her university studies, she wasn’t certain this was what she really wanted
She worked at another job for a while, but when a friend was caught in a gas station armed robbery and she went along for the police questioning sessions she suddenly realized this was the kind of personal contact job she really wanted.