New PCSOs join Staffordshire Police
7 July 2017 Local News
Sixteen new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be hitting the streets of Staffordshire from Monday (10 July) to help protect and serve their local communities.
The new recruits have completed their training and were presented with certificates and cards outlining their powers by Chief Constable Gareth Morgan at an event held at police headquarters in Stafford on Friday. (7 July)
The PCSOs have all been posted to local policing teams based at police stations throughout the county.
Claire Jenkinson, aged 49, from Tamworth will be based at the police station in her home town.
Claire said: “I owned my own barber shop for 33 years so it’s quite a big deal for me to become a PCSO, coming from a completely different background.
“The local PCSOs would come into the shop and talk about local issues, and I saw and admired the good work they were doing in the community. I decided I would like to help vulnerable people who perhaps would otherwise go under the radar.
“I have already come up against some misconceptions about the role of PCSOs and I see part of the job as being to educate people about what the role actually involves.”
Kyle Bennett, aged 25, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been posted to the local policing team in Stafford.
Kyle said: “I studied criminology at university and I always wanted to join the police, but I ended up stuck in various jobs and forgot about it for a while.
“A few months ago a car crashed into the wall of a lady’s house at the top of my road. The lady has dementia and I tried to calm her down before the police arrived. I got a massive buzz out of helping my neighbour, and when I saw Staffordshire Police were recruiting PCSOs I decided to apply.
“I’ll be based in rural areas, which is something I’m not used to, so getting used to these communities and the issues that affect them is going to be a challenge. But I’m looking forward to getting to know people and building relationships between the police and the public.”
Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome my new colleagues formally into Staffordshire Police at the end of their training and to wish them all the best as they embark on their new career. Working within communities is central to keeping people safe and PCSOs play a vital role visible and accessible in their communities tackling issues affecting local people.
“Having met them all today I am confident they will build on the successful relationships we already have with local residents, businesses and communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”