New PCSOs aiming to make 'genuine difference'
SIXTEEN new police community support officers – the first intake for three years – have been welcomed into Derbyshire police.
The recruits have completed a five-week training course and yesterday joined safer neighbourhood teams across the county.
The group of 11 women and five men are stationed in Pear Tree, Long Eaton, Buxton, Matlock, Chesterfield, Staveley, Langley Mill and Swadlincote.
Their professional backgrounds include a former postman and a volunteer special constable, while another has a Master's degree in forensics, a third was a qualified teacher and another has already worked as a PCSO in Lancashire.
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Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: "Our new recruits will be making a genuine difference to the lives of people in our communities."
The new officers and their Safer Neighbourhood areas are: Allyson Ratcliffe, Buxton; Amy Hill, Swadlincote; Emily Stainesby, Langley Mill; Jo Price, Pear Tree; Kirsty Handby, Chesterfield; Linda Cook, Buxton; Marion Jeffery, Alfreton; Michael Sharp, Staveley; Rebecca King, Chesterfield; Richard Plant, Alfreton; Sarah Brambleby, Long Eaton. Scott Hunt, Belper; Sean Pett, Cotton Lane; Francesca Coulson, Pear Tree; Tamsyn Bell-Heather, Matlock; and Bakhtawa Arna, Pear Tree.