New special constables sworn into Derbyshire police
A group of 13 special constables have been sworn in at an attestation ceremony held at Derbyshire Constabulary headquarters in Ripley.
The new recruits were joined by assistant chief constable Michelle Shooter, police and crime commissioner Angelique Foster, special chief inspector Arron Kirkham, their trainers constable Jane Clemson-Blythe and constable Simon O’Connor, and justice of the peace Paul Barker for the ceremony on September 23.
As well as their commitment to the force, many of the specials are studying at University of Derby in a range of subjects including as criminology, professional policing and policing, and some also have part-time jobs while one has a career as a laboratory technician in the textiles industry.
They’ll be volunteering in areas such as Cotton Lane, Ilkeston, Matlock, Peartree, Ripley, and St. Mary’s Wharf.
Constable Jane Clemson-Blythe said “I am impressed by the dedication and commitment of these individuals who have given up their own time to learn to become a special constable and to serve the community in which we live. They have had to balance their personal and current work commitments alongside this demanding role. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them. I wish them every success in their forth coming careers as specials”
Special chief inspector Arron Kirkham said: "I am always extremely humbled to see the dedication and commitment my colleagues show to support the communities of Derbyshire.
“Whatever their background, the skills and experience they bring cannot have a monetary value placed upon it. To the new officers and our fellow colleagues already serving I would like to say thank you."
"If I could say anything to anyone who is thinking of becoming a Special Constable is don't think about it - just join! It is a hugely fun and challenging role that has a positive effect on your local community.
"The sense of pride when you put on your uniform is unbelievable and I still get that same feeling from the first day I became a special constable to now. There will be hard times but when you are a special constable you become part of that policing family and your friends and colleagues will help support you, along with the force as a whole."