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26 new specials welcomed to Derbyshire Police

Posted on 23rd May 2018

An attestation ceremony was held on campus at the University of Derby for the first time ever, last night (Tuesday, May 22), as 26 new special constables swore an oath to join Derbyshire Constabulary as part of their Policing degree.

During the three-year BA Hons course the students become qualified and experienced special constables, who have the same powers as regular police officers but work on a volunteer basis.

After last night’s event, which saw our new recruits being led in by the Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band, they are now able to embark on their first shifts spanning the county.

Stations for the specials include Swadlincote, Ilkeston and Cotton Lane on South Division, and Amber Valley, Chesterfield, Matlock and Clay Cross on North Division.

Also on their cohort are four students who will join Nottinghamshire Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam, who attended the ceremony, said:

“It was a privilege to attend last night’s special constabulary attestation ceremony and to meet the new officers, their friends and families.

“Specials provide vital support to the force and have done so for over a century. Their contribution to supporting our communities and police colleagues is invaluable.

"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 please consider applying to become a special constable.”

Philip Hodgson, Head of Department of Law and Social Sciences from the University of Derby, added:

“Yesterday was a very proud day for the students and policing staff at the University of Derby with 30 students participating in the attestation ceremony to become special constables with Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, or the British Transport Police.

“In addition to their academic studies, they will volunteer as special constables for the duration of their studies and gain the necessary skills and experience to become police officers. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students and another example of how the University works in partnership with the police.

“We already have a record number of applicants for next year’s policing programme and we will welcome the first tranche of police apprentices to the University in September making the University of Derby a market leader in policing education.”

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