SIXTEEN former specials have been sworn in as police officers at a special ceremony.
The officers took part in the first ever fast-track training course run by the constabulary, which was held over ten weeks. As the group have already served in the county as special constables, they had already received much of the training that new PCs require.
Friends and family attended a special ceremony held in Swanwick, to see the nine men and seven women attested.
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin and the Chairman of the former Police Authority, Councillor Philip Hickson JP, who accepted the oath.
The officers, whose ages range from 22 to 37, live throughout the county and will serve in areas across the county, including Buxton.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “I am delighted that the constabulary is now in a position to recruit new officers after a very difficult period when we had to freeze recruitment and we have seen officer numbers reduce.
“Nevertheless, through some very careful and prudent financial management, we are now bringing fresh blood into the organisation and I am delighted that there is a group of new officers who will now join the officers and staff of this force.”
The new officers include Lauren Siddall, 22, from Kettleshulme. A former university student, she will work in the Buxton division. Karen Hodgkinson, 23, from Chapel-en-le-Frith is a former swimming teacher who will work in the Buxton division. Formerly a research officer with the Peak District National Park, 34-year-old John Tanner, from Sheldon, will also work in Buxton.