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New officers on patrol in the Ripley and Somercotes areas

Posted on 23rd January 2017
New Officers PC Platts PC Swift- Jan 17

There are some new faces patrolling the streets of Ripley, and the Somercotes and Riddings area.

PC’s Ruth Platts and Andy Swift have stepped into roles on the area’s Safer Neighbourhood policing teams.

Ruth joins the team covering Ripley town centre. She has been a police officer for more than three years working in the Amber Valley and North East Derbyshire areas.

Before becoming a police officer, Ruth was a Special Constable and also worked for the police as a Disclosure assistant for eight years.

The Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team welcomes Andy to the team, covering Somercotes, Swanwick, Ironville, Riddings, Leabrooks and Pye Bridge.

Andy became a police officer in October 2013, working on one of the response teams based at Ripley.

He had volunteered as a Special Constable since 2009, and before joining the police service he worked in financial planning services in both Sheffield and Derby.

Both officers have been busy getting to know their areas, local residents and learning more about community policing.

PC Platts said: “Moving onto the Safer Neighbourhood policing team, I’m looking forward to getting to know the community, finding out about any concerns and working to target those issues in the long term.

“I hope that, together with my colleagues, we will provide a reassuring presence in the town centre and help keep Ripley safe.”

PC Swift said: “During the run up to Christmas my role has mostly been about targeting acquisitive and retail related crime. I’m really enjoying working as part of a close knit team, being able to target long term or persistent offenders’ and working with local residents on the issues that affect them the most.”

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