New specials join up with police force

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A NEW wave of special constables has joined Derbyshire Police.

The 19 new recruits include a former chef, a hotel receptionist and a teaching assistant.

They were invited, along with their families, to a ceremony to be sworn in.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We are currently increasing the number of special constables we have and it is pleasing to see so many volunteers wanting to put something positive back into their communities.

“The special constabulary plays an important role in supporting the force in tackling its key priorities.

“They will now get a taste of what it is like to work in the police force and develop the skills needed to deal with a diverse range of people and situations. Congratulations to them all.”

Of the 19 officers sworn in, seven will cover the Chesterfield area.

Specials have to be aged above 18, fit and healthy, of good character and work for a minimum of four hours a week.

To find out more call 0300 330 1330.