Derbyshire welcomes new special constables

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A LANDSCAPE gardener, a Buxton Mountain Rescue volunteer and a former police officer in the Royal Navy are among 18 new special constables who have joined Derbyshire police.

Around 100 friends and family gathered at police headquarters, Ripley, on Monday (May 28) to see the new recruits sworn in at a special ceremony.

The event was attended by assistant chief constable Dee Collins, senior police officers and representatives of Derbyshire Police Authority.

This group of specials began an intensive course in March that ran over two weeks and six weekends studying various aspects of policing including crime scenes, road traffic collisions, statement taking and first aid.

Landscape gardener Stephen Tee, 21 will serve in Derby, mountain rescue volunteer and outdoor instructor Robert Stordy, 21 will serve in Buxton and ex-Royal Navy policeman Peter McCraw, 44 will serve in Ripley.

ACC Collins said: “Each of our new recruits has undertaken rigorous training and the ceremony was a celebration of their achievements thus far. Being a special constable enables each individual to make a genuine difference to the lives of people in our communities.”