More police officers to be recruited in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Constabulary will recruit dozens of staff and officers before the end of March 2020.

As part of the precept increase, agreed by Chief Constable Peter Goodman and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, 120 new police staff will be recruited to a variety of roles within the organisation.

And, following today’s funding announcement of 20,000 new officers across the country by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a further 50 officers will be helping protect the people of Derbyshire by the end of March next year.

Chief Constable Peter Goodman welcomed the news of the extra resources which will help officers deliver an even better service the length and breadth of the county.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that a further 50 officers will be helping bolster the resources and make our county an even safer place to live, work and visit.

“This increase boosts the 120 new police staff roles that are being recruited as part of the boost in funding thanks to the increase in the precept of the council tax.  

“These new recruitments will allow, for the first time in nearly a generation, the number of officers available to us grow significantly.

“This increase will help protect the most vulnerable people in our society and ensure that our response to serious and organised crime, fraud, cybercrime, hate crime and the criminal exploitation of children – along with a host of other crimes that affect our communities every day – keeps Derbyshire as one of the safest places to live in the country.”

The group of 50 new officers is hoped to be the first in as a yet unknown final number, CC Goodman said: “We are hopeful that as the final allocation of officers to each force becomes clear that we will see further increases to policing family in Derbyshire.

“Whatever the future brings the residents and visitors to our county can be assured of this – we will continue to do everything in our power to keep you safe and bring criminals to justice.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “So far this year we have met our target to recruit the 58 additional officers promised as part of the increase in council tax contributions. 

“The Chief Constable and I are confident that we will be able to recruit a further 50 officers by next March, increasing Derbyshire’s policing presence on the streets, in our communities and in non-uniformed roles.

“This gives us the chance to further increase the diversity of our workforce, to make it more representative of our communities, something I have called for over many years.

“I urge people from all backgrounds to apply.  Policing is a great career, with plenty of variety across many different departments.  Those wanting to scale the career ladder receive support and development opportunities in a force known for its high performance.”

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