Police chiefs celebrate a decade of PCSOs in Derbyshire

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Police chiefs in Derbyshire are celebrating having Police Community Support Officers for 10 years.

In 2005 the force employed 43 PCSOs started out on the beat in 2005, now there are hundreds across the county.

Their key role is to provide high visibility patrols and work with residents and partner agencies to solve neighbourhood concerns, including issues such as anti-social behaviour, vandalism and nuisance drivers.

Six members of the original group are still PCSOs including John Lockwood from the Chesterfield Town Centre team, Stephen Cathcart from Shirebrook and Sue Cooke from Staveley.

PCSO Lockwood said: “The job role has changed considerably over the last 10 years and the range of duties we undertake has increased, but the main role of the PCSO, to be a visible presence within their area, has remained the same.”

PCSO Cooke, who has been based at Staveley Police Station since day one, said: “This is a role that brings me a variety of challenges and is ultimately very satisfying when I know I have provided support and reassurance to people.

“I genuinely love my job and being part of a great team has helped me to develop my confidence.”