Posted on 2nd November 2018
A former sports lecturer, mechanic, and personal banker are among those who were sworn in as Derbyshire police officers at an attestation ceremony last night (Thursday, November 1).
The new recruits were officially welcomed to the force by Assistant Chief Constable Kem Mehmet and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.
The ceremony, held at Derbyshire Constabulary Headquarters, is an important moment in these officers’ careers as they formally receive their powers and warrant cards.
As of next week, they’ll be deployed across the county from Swadlincote in the south to Glossop in the north, where they will undertake a range of duties in their new roles alongside their tutor officers.
PC Helen Harding (39) is one of the 16 officers to complete her training. Helen previously worked at the Royal Derby Hospital and is a mum of three.
She said: "It's something I have genuinely always wanted to do and when the opportunity came up, I thought I’d give it my best shot. I also wanted to show that it's never too late to change career and show my children that anything is possible when you work hard."
Assistant Chief Constable Kem Mehmet said: “It’s a privilege to welcome these new officers to Derbyshire Constabulary.
"New people with fresh perspectives are vital in terms of our continued effort to keep the communities of Derbyshire safe.
"I wish them all good luck and success as they take their first steps in their careers as Derbyshire police officers."
Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, added: “People are the lifeblood of any organisation and these latest recruits will become valued and visible members of our team. Derbyshire Constabulary is a great place to work, giving people the training and opportunity to progress their career in so many different ways.
“I would like to congratulate everyone here tonight for completing their initial training and wish them the very best of luck in their new role.”