Say hello to the new recruits starting in the Derbyshire Police control room

A former prison officer, a farm worker that lived in Australia, cabin crew, as well as a former make-up artist who worked at London fashion week and has done make up for Line of Duty and This is England star, Stephen Graham are just some of the people who are now in training to answer digital contacts, emergency calls and take non-emergency reports for Derbyshire Police.

By Lucy Ball
Sunday, 21st February 2021, 8:33 am

This is the second recruitment drive the force has done since last year as further five people started their training in November. However, these nine have had an intense couple of weeks and have so far learned about suicide prevention, terrorism, drones, as well as learning Home Office Counting Rules, which outline what an offence is, what counts as a crime, and what different incidents should be recorded as.

Superintendent Steve Pont who is the Head of Contact Management, said: “It is great to have people joining us from such a wide variety of backgrounds. The new recruits bring with them a wealth of life experience and the joy of this training is that they are taught everything from scratch, from how the force works to what a crime is and how to deal with that.

“They will learn a lot during this initial training phase, and will bring all their experiences with them to help people through their toughest days.”

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The latest recruits to join Derbyshire Constabulary in the Force Control Room

The group is looking forward to the challenge of working in a fast-paced environment. They know their work will have a long-term impact on people’s lives, and are also looking forward to being part of a close-knit team that are always there for each other.