Posted on 4th June 2015
An accountant, a furniture delivery driver and a Pizza Hut worker are among the latest group of volunteer officers helping to police Derbyshire.
A group of 11 Special Constables were sworn in at an attestation ceremony at police headquarters in Ripley last night.
They are Special Constables George Bickley, Catherine Coley, Niall Edkins, Jamie Ferreday, Harry Hawkins, Nathan Jarvis, Laura Page, Emma Parsons, Edward Roberts, Jordan Singh and Thomas Williams.
The group, who are aged from 19 to 32, will take up positions across Derbyshire, including Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Matlock, Long Eaton and Ilkeston.
Special Constables have the same powers as regular, full-time police officers but carry out their duties on a voluntary basis, fitting it in with their working life.
The latest intake was sworn in during Special Constabulary week, which features a series of events led entirely by volunteer officers to highlight the value they bring to the force.
It also comes as Derbyshire Constabulary has opened up recruitment for Special Constables, for the first time since 2011.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton, who is the force’s lead on volunteering, said: “Special Constables have a long and proud history of providing vital support to Derbyshire Constabulary, and in particular giving very welcome assistance to our communities and police colleagues.
“Crime and anti-social behaviour continues to adversely affect people across Derbyshire, particularly the most vulnerable.
“Being a Special Constable enables each individual to make a genuine difference to the lives of people in our communities.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer police officer can find a wealth of information at www.derbyshire.police.uk.
There is also a Special Constabulary recruitment event taking place at force headquarters in Ripley, from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, June 4.