Posted on 12th July 2017
Fourteen new Special Constables were formally welcomed to Derbyshire Constabulary during their graduation at police headquarters in Ripley last night.
Since April, the new recruits have been spending their weekends learning the volunteer role of a Special Constable.
The group includes a travel agent, a bar manager and an engineer.
They are now about to embark on their first shifts at police stations across the county including Bakewell, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston, Ripley and Staveley.
Special Constable Geoff Monk said: "It's been a big commitment on our part and a big investment in us on the part of Derbyshire Constabulary.
"Thanks go out to our families and friends who have supported us, not to mention putting up with us being absent over all these weekends."
During their training, they learned about legal powers and procedures, communication, traffic laws, first aid and self-defence before each passing a final exam and assessment to enable them to qualify for the role.
SC Dan Waites said: "We might have walked through the door not knowing each other at all, but we gelled exceptionally well and have become friends."
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Haward, who welcomed the new officers to the force on the night, said: "I was proud to be at last night’s Special Constabulary attestation ceremony, meeting the new officers, their friends and families.
"Our specials have a long and proud history of providing vital support to the force, and in particular giving very welcome assistance to our communities and to police colleagues.
"Derbyshire Constabulary is recruiting new Special Constables to join our team as we continue to keep Derbyshire safe, and we are keen to recruit from all areas across the county.
"This recent intake of officers includes a travel agent, a mechanical engineer, the manager of a bar and several undergraduates, each wanting to give back to the community in which they live.
"So, if you are 18 or over, can multi-task, have great interpersonal skills and want to give something back to the community for 16 hours a month or more in your free time, then consider applying to become a special constable."
To find out more about volunteering with Derbyshire Constabulary, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/Careers