Derbyshire Constabulary file builders celebrate success

Derbyshire Constabulary introduced an initiative in 2008 to train non-uniformed staff as File Builders within the Criminal Justice department. The aim was to release officers’ time equivalent to putting 58 officers back on the beat, making a saving of £3.3 million.

Part of the requirement of the role was for the new File Builders to study CILEx Law School’s Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration, and all staff have now successfully completed the qualification. Pictured below  with Superintendent Kevin Lea, Head of Criminal Justice at Derbyshire Constabulary, proudly displaying their certificates are staff most recently completing the course. From left to right Dawn Riley, Lynn Pickard, Glyn Ivings, Stephanie Gent, Catherine Johnstone, and Lorraine Killa.

The key objective of the new File Builder role is to assume responsibility for the build and expansion of prosecution files in accordance with national standards and time targets. The role also involves obtaining statements from victims and witnesses and providing support to help secure their attendance at court.