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Former Royal Footman among 15 new police recruits

Posted on 23rd March 2018
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PC John Revill has switched serving HM The Queen and HRH the Duke of York for serving the people of Derbyshire after he was sworn in – alongside 14 colleagues – to the county’s Constabulary.

The new recruits were officially welcomed to the force by Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa at an attestation ceremony on Thursday, March 22.

PC Revill said: "I first worked for HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace as a footman. I was then promoted to senior footman and for my final year I was a Page of the Presence.

“From 1998 until joining Derbyshire Constabulary, I worked personally for HRH The Duke of York as his valet.

“This meant looking after his wardrobe as well as other duties around his private home, Royal Lodge, including butlering and driving for TRH Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

"I also worked for Thames Valley Police as a Special Constable for almost nine years; an experience that made me keen to join policing full-time.

“Joining Derbyshire Constabulary is the best career move I have made so far."

Also among the latest cohort are a former Grenadier Guard, a horse riding instructor, a butcher, a probation officer, a custody detention officer, two engineers and three PCSOs.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam said: “I am delighted to welcome our new officers to Derbyshire Constabulary.

"It is important that we get fresh ideas from new people coming into the organisation and I believe these new recruits can do a great job to protect the communities of Derbyshire.

"Each of them brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills, and those joining us today are ready to take the first steps in their new career."

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, added: “It was my privilege to be there to welcome these new recruits as they became members of Derbyshire’s policing family.

“As they set out on their career in policing, they can be confident that they are becoming part of one of the top-performing police forces.

“That career will undoubtedly be varied, policing challenges are changing rapidly, but I know they are driven by a determination to keep people safe.” 



Former occupation

PC Alisdair Thompson


Fishmonger and Butcher

PC Daniel Poole


RAF Aircraft Engineer

PC Ian Niven


University Business Analyst

PC Yoan Cordon


Probation Officer

PC Abigail Keeling


Police Community Support Officer

PC John Revill


Valet to HRH The Duke of York

PC Adam Bettle


IT Support Engineer/Special Constable

PC Katrina Lewis


Horse Riding Instructor

PC Luke Turner



PC Mark Duffy


Civil Servant

PC Richard Jones

Cotton Lane

Ex Grenadier Guard

PC Steven Sanderson

Cotton Lane

Police Community Support Officer

PC Madeleine Summerfield


Hospital Administrator

PC Martin Carter


Police Community Support Officer

PC Sean Pett


Custody Detention Officer

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