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The county will soon see a significant increase of officers on its streets as student officers are hard at work in training.
Over 100 officers are currently in Derbyshire Constabulary’s training school, with a number of students imminently about to head out to their stations and on the streets, keeping Derbyshire safe.
This is the highest number of officers the force had ever had in training at the same time.
To mark the achievement, the student officers, who have all joined from a variety of entry routes including the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP), recently came together and held a parade at the training facility in Matlock.
They were visited and inspected by Chief Superintendent Dave Cox and Chief Superintendent Dave Kirby, who are the Divisional Commanders for the South and North Divisions respectively.
The boost is part of the national Operation Uplift, which aims to significantly increase the number of officers in the UK, and has involved a countless hours of recruitment and training across the force.
Chief Constable Rachel Swann said: “This is a significant milestone for Derbyshire Constabulary and is testament to the work going on around the force to create opportunities and bring the right people into these roles.
“This is the highest number of officers we’ve ever had in training school, and in terms of what that means for people living and working in the county, this is extremely positive.
“Once trained, they will be out all over the county and boosting our capability, responding to incidents, engaging with residents and also those working in Derbyshire.
"It has been brilliant also to see their efforts throughout training school and I really look forward to them being out in their roles across the county and bringing fresh ideas. This not only makes a big difference to the communities we serve, but also to the workforce in terms of boosting numbers and coming up with the most effective ways to work.”
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster said: “We all want to see a strong and visible policing presence in our communities. These extra officers will make a real difference in our communities, helping to fight crime and ensuring the force is able to tackle more of the problems that concern residents.
“The delivery of strong local policing is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan. The Chief Constable and the force’s training team have worked very hard to recruit and prepare these new officers for duty so that their benefit can be felt across our communities as swiftly as possible. I congratulate all the new officers on their success and commitment and look forward to seeing them out working in our communities.”
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