Five new bobbies have taken to the streets of Redcar and Cleveland.
The team of new Police Community Support Officers will be wearing their boot leather down in a number of dedicated ward areas as they starts their jobs with the Cleveland Police force.
PCSOs work with police officers and share some, but not all, of their powers. They contribute to tackling crime, gathering intelligence, assisting in strengthening communities and making a difference to people’s lives.
“The Redcar and Cleveland neighbourhood team has seen a number of PCSOs successfully transition to becoming PCs last year, hence the recent vacancies,” said Inspector Neil Deluce.
“The introduction of five brand new PCSOs brings a new impetus to neighbourhood policing across Redcar and Cleveland and now means that all 24 wards have named points of contact.
“In their limited time in their roles, they have already been involved with a huge array of incidents that typify policing in Cleveland with a mixture of challenging, exciting and tragic events. They are all rising to the challenge and rapidly creating contacts and conducting some vital problem solving, engagement and targeted activity.
“Their addition to the team is already generating positive reports from the community. They are all being tutored at present but are raring to go on independent patrol.”
One of the new team members, PCSO Adam Bell, said: “Having started with Cleveland Police at the end of November 2020, I am delighted to finally have the chance to play an active part in the communities of Redcar and Cleveland.
“My hope is that, as a new recruit with a new perspective, I can become familiar with the people and places that I serve and get my teeth into the issues that matter to the community.
“After many years working in education, I became passionate about challenges in the wider community. By becoming an integral part of a neighbourhood policing team, I want to improve people’s lives with the kind of drive, focus and support that they desire and deserve.”
Kelly Thompson, who also began her career as a PCSO in November 2020, said: “I wanted to join the police to make a difference within the community.
“I can’t wait to provide dedicated neighbourhood policing to detect, prevent and deter crime and antisocial behaviour in the Redcar and Cleveland area. I am looking forward to the career ahead of me.”
PCSO Megan Williams, another new team member, said: “Being a PCSO offers everything I desired from a job – I wanted to work within a role where something is different every day, to help and support vulnerable people and to serve my community.
“I look forward to playing an integral part in helping to deter, detect and prevent crime within Redcar and Cleveland.
“Since starting my training in November 2020, everyone has been very welcoming and supportive. I feel lucky to say I look forward to coming to work each day.”
Cleveland Police has recently welcomed nine new PCSOs across the Cleveland force area, another group are currently in training and will be on the streets later this summer.