A former footballer for Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday ladies teams has joined Derbyshire Police.
Becky Damms, from Sheffield, is working as a Police Community Support Officer for Newbold and Brockwell, and Dunston, Whittington Moor and St Helens safer neighbourhood teams.
Before joining the force the ex-footballer worked in security at Meadowhall and as a delivery driver.
She said: “As a young girl I never had much confidence and I decided that it was time to change. I wanted a career where I could help people and really make a difference in the community so I have always wanted to be part of a police force.
“Although I have driven through the area in my previous role as a delivery driver, I don’t know the area that well so I am looking forward to heading out and learning more about the community.
“In the past I have played Sunday league football for Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday so I really hope to use my skills in this area to run football sessions for kids in the area. This will help to give youngsters somewhere to go and try out the sport, and also help to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour.”
Lauren Wilkinson, also from Sheffield, has also become a PCSO on the same beat.
She has previously worked as a receptionist, a riding instructor and ran her own beauty business.
Lauren said she hopes to set up a ‘Horsewatch’ scheme.