Posted on 16th March 2015
A former soldier and tank driver are among 16 new police constables joining Derbyshire Constabulary.
The officers gathered along with friends and family at a ceremony on Friday night (March 13) to watch the new officers read the oath of allegiance and receive their warrant cards.
On the new recruits Sean James (36), of Newport, was a member of the Royal Welsh and his last posting was in Pontypridd, South Wales, before joining the police service.
He said: "I regard my time with the army very highly and the only thing I could find to equal that sense of pride was a career as a police officer with Derbyshire Constabulary.
"I know that this is a career with huge responsibilities and challenges, and that's what I thrive on."
Sean will be based in Glossop serving the north of the county.
The recruits, who began their training in November, included 10 women and six men, aged from 22 to 36.
Two former police call handlers and five police community support officers were also among the group of new police officers.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said “it was "extremely satisfying" seeing a new group complete their training.
"All of them have proved to be very dedicated during the course and they fully deserve their achievement."