Today we celebrate with our new recruits holding Pre-Join Degrees in Professional Policing who start their careers as police officers.
The Pre-Join Entry Route is for those who want to gain a degree first, and then pursue a career in policing. Our group had been learning at the University of Derby on their practical and theoretical knowledge, with the option to join as a Special Constable serving the community while completing their course.
In June they started on a focused training programme as full-time PCs.
One of our trainers, PC Simon Wolverson, said: "Over the past eight weeks these students have given 100 percent, and over the past three years they have not only successfully completed a degree, they have also been successful in the role of Special Constable. To me, this evidences their work ethic and great motivation both in class and while working from home due to Covid-19.
"All students have gained a high level of knowledge, and have been keen to get involved with any tasks they were set. I am sure they will go on to great things."
From next week they will go to Swadlincote in South Derbyshire, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Buxton, Glossop, the Amber Valley and Erewash, as well as the city of Derby.
We wish them all the very best. Stay well, stay safe.