Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa warmly welcomed a cohort of 20 new police officers as part of his investment this year to bolster police strength across the county.
The Commissioner proudly watched the new recruits as they were sworn into post at a special ceremony at Force HQ in Ripley this week and congratulated them for their hard work in completing training.
The new police officers are the result of the Commissioner’s pledge to boost policing visibility across the county in 2019-20 thanks to additional income raised through the council tax precept.
The current budget will see 120 people put back into frontline policing over the next 12 months - 58 police officers and 62 members of staff whose work will help to keep more officers out in the community, tackling local problems and reassuring residents.
The new officers, who include a painter and decorator, an estate agent, park ranger, Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs) and Special Constables’, will be posted across the county including Buxton, Swadlincote, Glossop, Chesterfield and Ilkeston as well as Derby city.
They were officially welcomed to the Force by the PCC and Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson.
Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m very proud to welcome our latest recruits to the Force and would like to congratulate them all for their achievements during their initial training.
“These officers will have a vital job as ambassadors for public safety across Derbyshire and I would like to thank them for choosing to join what is a very dedicated and hardworking team.
“Policing is a challenging career but it is also one of the most rewarding and I’m sure the passion and commitment of these new officers will be greatly appreciated among our communities.”
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson added: "This is great news for our communities that we have recruited new constables. The recruitment process is challenging but allows for the best candidates to be given an opportunity to fulfil their dreams of becoming a police officer.
“I'd like to congratulate them all and welcome them to the fantastic policing family here in Derbyshire. They've worked hard to get to this point but now the real work begins. To the recruits I'd like to say – work hard, enjoy yourself, challenge yourself and become the best officer you can be.”
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Posted on Monday 29th July 2019