Posted on 30th July 2012
Derbyshire Police Authority has given its support to two exciting new projects which aim to reduce deprivation in the county and boost the economy.
During a positive Police Authority meeting, members enthusiastically approved a new apprenticeship scheme which will provide 12 youngsters aged 16-18 – a group currently struggling to gain employment and skills – with a police staff role at Derbyshire Constabulary. Working in partnership with Derby College, the Force will offer 12-month intermediate and advanced apprenticeships in roles such as customer service, human resources, information services as well as administrative support which will be partly funded by the National Apprenticeship Service. The apprentices will spend the majority of their time training ‘on the job’ with an average of one day a week based at the college.
At the same meeting, Authority members also gave the green light to plans to extend the work of the Financial Inclusion Derbyshire Partnership – a joint initiative involving a number of organisations including police, the probation service and the NHS - to tackle a range of issues affecting crime including a lack of affordable credit, access to banking and debt problems.
The initiative, which has been running for the past 2-3 years, followed concern at national level that the worsening economic climate could lead to an increase in crime. So far this has not occurred in Derbyshire, however, Authority members refuse to become complacent and have agreed to continue the work to ensure that areas such as acquisitive crime do not place additional pressure on limited police resources in the future.
Philip Hickson, Chair of the Police Authority, said: “The Authority has offered its support to a number of new projects which highlight our responsibility to the wider community as a whole, not just in terms of fighting crime.
“The apprenticeship scheme is an excellent way to encourage younger people to consider a career in the police service, which will increase the diversity of the workforce mix. The scheme will help 12 young people develop new skills and gain valuable experience for their future. It brings benefits for everyone involved and we have asked the Constabulary to explore whether other such opportunities exist across the county.
“Similarly, our role within the Financial Inclusion Derbyshire Partnership will look more closely at the context with which people find themselves involved in crime, including deprivation and debt, and will work holistically with other agencies to help deliver solutions.”
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