Students join Special Constabulary in Ripley attestation ceremony

Police attestation Ripley
Police attestation Ripley

Six students, an IT analyst and a hotel worker were amongst the latest recruits to join the ranks of Derbyshire’s Special Constabulary.

Fourteen special constables were formally welcomed when they attended an official attestation ceremony last night (April 14) at police headquarters in Ripley, where they swore an oath

to the Queen and were presented with their warrant cards.

The constables will be based at various locations across the county covering all policing divisions.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Karl Smethem said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome our latest team of special constable recruits into Derbyshire Constabulary. Our special constables have a long and proud history of providing vital support to the force, and in particular giving very welcome assistance to our communities and to police colleagues.”

The group read the oath of allegiance in the presence of Magistrate Paul Beard, who presented them with their course certificates.

The ceremony was also be attended by Derbyshire’s new High Sheriff David Coleman and the Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.

Pictured left to right – front row Special Constables Daniel Hall, Adam Newton, Ellie Wood, Isobelle Chambers, Francesca Dolby, Laura Hollywood, Pavandeep Bhele and back row Antony Wilkinson, James Maunsell, James Bennett, Joe Rainsford, Charles Richmond, Lee Clough, Robert Hawkins.