Beat calls for pupils

Submitted picture'Now for the real thing: The 13 students of Derbyshire Constabulary's two-month training course to become special constables last week.

Submitted picture'Now for the real thing: The 13 students of Derbyshire Constabulary's two-month training course to become special constables last week.

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AS RIPLEY and a Heanor students are preparing to pound the beat after successfully passing their training to become special constables.

Special constables are volunteer officers who have the same powers as a regular officer and undertake a variety of tasks such as town centre patrols and neighbourhood policing. Chantal Gailey, 21, from Heanor, and 33-year-old Gareth Hallsworth, from Ripley, took their oath to join the ‘Specials’ on Monday, September 26.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “The role of a special constable provides fantastic experience.

“They will get a taste of what it is like to work in the police force.”