Of the 179 officers who were welcomed into the policing family by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, 82 of them were women.
Some 12 per cent of the intake were also from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The new recruits took their Oath of Office at a ceremony at Police Scotland’s Headquarters at Tulliallan Castle in Fife as the Chief Constable welcomed them into policing and a career dedicated to public service.
He said: “The Oath of Office marks the point at which our recruits are sworn into Police Scotland as Constables, embarking on their careers in public service.
“Although we have much still to do, this particular intake reflects the progress Police Scotland has made in our drive to increase recruitment from under-represented groups.
“Policing in Scotland takes its authority and legitimacy from the people of Scotland and I remain committed to doing everything I can to ensure the service represents and reflects the communities we serve.”
A significant number of the recruits are graduates with degrees in disciplines including law, criminology, psychology, robotics and cybertronics, forensic anthropology and applied pharmacology. The intake also included six former Special Constables, a fraud advisor, civil servant, footballer and civil engineer.
If you are a motivated and disciplined individual, with a can-do approach, you could be in the next intake. The force is looking to recruit people to deliver excellent around the clock policing for local communities across Scotland.
You must possess discipline, resilience and be able to withstand the hardest knocks that society can throw at you.
In return, you’ll receive first class training and be rewarded with an extraordinary career like no other.
You will receive a generous starting package with a salary of £26,000 rising to £40,000 after 10 years, 28 days paid holiday rising to 34 days on completion of your probationary training, as well as access to a wide range of health and leisure benefits.
Visit thewebsite for more information at www.scotland.police.uk.