New officers praised for their resilience, hard-work and professionalism
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Today we celebrate with our new recruits on the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) as they've passed the initial learning phase.
Derbyshire was an early adopter of the PCDA back in September 2018; it provides an opportunity to become a paid police officer whilst gaining a fully-funded degree from the University of Derby.
They come from a variety of backgrounds, places of work and home counties in the Midlands. Among the officers are three former police community support officers, two special constables, students, administrators, a waitress and an airport operations controller.
Let's find out a bit more about the 'Class of 2021' from their trainers Constable Simon O'Connor and Lynn Craughwell: "As our third PCDA course draws to a close, both of us would like to wish every apprentice the very best of luck. They won't need luck as they are going to be great officers serving the people of Derbyshire and are an asset to our organisation.
"On 15 February we met a group of people who were all aspiring to become talented and capable police officers. Today we celebrate exactly that.
"This course has been difficult for all, in ways we never imagined or were able to plan for. Covid-19 restrictions meant we had to adapt to delivering training with social distancing, limited visits to off-site venues and guest speakers. We had to have remote lessons and sessions due to isolation and illnesses but everyone pulled together and overcame these hurdles.
"As a group of people, they have been resilient, hard-working, and most of all a professional and dedicated team. This will serve them well as they move through their careers. Now they leave us and move to divisions. Along with their daily policing duties and shifts they have their academic work to complete, attachments on specialist departments and many assignments, exams and assessed presentations to complete.
"We look forward to hearing about their experiences on shift, and wish everyone the very best with their continued studies and their final research projects and dissertations in two years’ time."