17 volunteers to join fight against crime

A TREE surgeon and a mum-of-four are among 17 new special constables to join Derbyshire Police.

They were welcomed at an official ceremony where they read the oath of allegiance and received their warrant cards.

The specials, who began their training in August, are eight men and nine women aged between 21 and 46 years old.

Nicholas Fletcher, aged 28, who will serve in Chesterfield, is a former Royal Marines Commando who turned his hand to tree surgery before volunteering as a special.

He said: "I learnt a lot about myself during my experiences in the corps. I joined the police because the idea of doing a job where I could make a difference to people's lives appealed to me."

Mum-of-four Louisa Briscoe, 36, from North Wingfield, said: "I have done things unconventionally and quit my career to have a family. I now want to start again and enjoy a happy family and professional life."

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: "It's extremely satisfying seeing a new group successfully finishing their training. All of them have proved to be very dedicated during the course."

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