Posted on 19th February 2013
PCSO Patrick Haley
Buxton residents will be seeing a new face on their local neighbourhood policing team after its latest PCSO joined the ranks.
Former banker Patrick Haley started patrolling the streets last week and has already been making himself familiar with the Buxton area.
Patrick, who worked as a lending consultant at the Co-Operative Bank in Stockport for seven-and-a-half years, is heading out across the town and Fairfield over the next few weeks to meet the community he will be serving.
The 29-year-old Sheffield Hallam University graduate, who studied business and finance, said his new role was a world apart from life behind the bank desk.
He said: “The biggest difference is probably being outside all the time – I didn’t get to do a lot of that when I was working at the bank!
“It’s brilliant and I’m really enjoying life as a PCSO. It’s exciting and although it’s a steep learning curve, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for many years and when the opportunity came up, I didn’t hesitate to take the leap.”
Patrick, who lives in Glossop, is the latest community support officer to join the Buxton team after PCSOs Ally Ratcliffe and Linda Cook, who started late last year.
He will be spending a fortnight in Buxton, followed by a three-week spell in the Fairfield area, after which he will be assigned a particular neighbourhood in the town area.
“I think what I’m looking forward to most is getting out there, meeting new people and taking on a whole new set of challenges and situations,” he said.
“It’s a new area for me to learn, a new community and a whole new job. But it gives me the chance to make a difference to people’s lives and that’s fantastic.”