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Vulnerability Officer in Buxton clocks up forty-five years' service for the force

Posted on 11th May 2018
Chris Osborne

A Vulnerability Officer in Buxton has clocked up more than 45 years’ service for Derbyshire Constabulary.

Chris Osborne first joined the force in November 1972 at the age of 19, having been a police cadet in Sussex before.

After completing his training at Pannal Ash, he landed his first posting on the beat in Buxton in February 1973, and was part of a shift of eight officers, a Sergeant and Inspector.

He then moved to New Mills and was the Hayfield village bobby and a response driver, before being appointed a Detective Constable at Glossop. He was then promoted to Sergeant in 1984 where he worked at both Clay Cross and Shirebrook before moving back to Buxton.

As well as being a patrol Sergeant, Chris also worked in the divisional control room, custody and in the file enquiry unit before moving to a role as section Sergeant for Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills.

He then spent time in CID, in the Child and Domestic Abuse Unit in Glossop, and was a DS at Chapel when he retired as an officer in February 2005.

Chris then came back to the force as police staff, bringing his experience into the role of a file enquiry officer at Chesterfield and Buxton, before becoming an Evidence Review Officer. He was made redundant from this post, but managed to secure a new role as an IT trainer based in Ripley.

He worked there for seven years, travelling every day from his home in Macclesfield, until the travelling became too much, reducing his hours to three days at Ripley, but taking on the role of a Vulnerability Officer at Buxton for the remaining two days.

In August 2017, he resigned as an IT Trainer but continues to work in the Vulnerability Unit at Buxton two days a week.

Chris is married, has two children and two grandchildren and is also a uniformed officer with the Air Training Corps. He hopes to continue working for at least another year, and while he remains fit and healthy.

He said: “During my career I have seen and experienced considerable change from the two-piece Pye radio with no computerisation to our ever evolving present day systems.  I have and feel lucky to continue to enjoy my career working alongside caring officers and staff. ”

Superintendent Michelle Shooter said: “Chris has attained 45 years dedicated service to Derbyshire Constabulary as a police officer and in a number of police staff roles.  This is no mean feat and I would like to thank Chris for his loyalty, dedication and professionalism throughout.”

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