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Meet two of our new police officers on the streets of Ripley and Belper

Alert message sent 12/12/2019 13:20:00

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We’re pleased to introduce two of our new police officers who are out on the streets of Ripley and Belper, and part of our Safer Neighbourhood policing teams.

PCs Rob Bentley and Rianne Holland are two of ten officers who joined Derbyshire Constabulary as part of the Police Now programme.

Police Now is an independent charitable organisation which run a two year national graduate leadership training programme which offers a direct entry for graduates into neighbourhood policing whilst instilling a problem solving approach.

The cohort first started their journey back in April with an induction in London, which was followed by an intensive residential training course held at The University of Manchester for six weeks.

They then returned to Derbyshire’s force headquarters to learn about local policing and are now out in their communities where they will remain for the next two years and work towards their Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with Police Now.

PC Rob Bentley is now working as part of the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. After graduating with a degree in German, Rob used his skills for two years to maintain the relationship between Derby and its twin city, Osnabrück, for two years. He then worked at East Midlands Chamber, helping Derbyshire residents to start their own business.

Rob was inspired to join the police to pursue a career in something he felt was more meaningful, and was inspired by his brother’s commitment and dedication to public service, making a difference to the lives of younger people through teaching.

PC Rianne Holland is a part of our Safer Neighbourhood policing team in Belper. She comes to policing having completed a degree in chemistry and post graduate training as a secondary school science teacher.

Rianne has always been interested in policing and was also inspired to join because of a drive to work with the community and help people feel safe.

Both officers have been busy getting to know their local areas, meeting residents and community members and finding out about issues and concerns.

Sergeant Gareth Cole, Derbyshire police’s Syndicate Lead for Police Now, said: “As force lead for Police Now, I’ve got to know our 10 Police Now officers very well over the last nine months. Rob, Rianne and all the officers have worked extremely hard to get to this point and faced many challenges due to the unique nature of the entry route they’ve chosen.

“I’m really excited for them to continue their policing journey and really embed themselves in their communities as I believe they will be able to make a real difference to the lives of the people of Derbyshire.”

There are three entry routes into policing due to national requirements for officers to hold a degree level qualification. These are: 
  • Degree holder programme - for those who already have a degree.
  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship - for those who do not yet have a degree.
  • Pre-Join programme - where students go to university, become Special Constables during their studies, then join as an officer on graduation.
You can find out more information about careers with Derbyshire Constabulary on our website,
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