Posted on 16th January 2015
Residents living in Chesterfield North will be seeing changes to their local Safer Neighbourhood team as two new PCSO’s take to the beat.
Becky Damms and Lauren Wilkinson joined the team in November and have been heading out in the communities of Newbold and Brockwell, and Dunston, Whittington Moor and St Helens to get to know the area and its residents.
Lauren and Becky, who are both from Sheffield, have already been getting stuck in to their new role as police community support officers.
They have been out patrolling the neighbourhoods, carrying out day to day duties including area searches and house to house enquiries, along with providing reassurance and support to local people.
Before joining Derbyshire Constabulary, Becky worked in security at Meadow Hall, Sheffield and also as a delivery driver.
Becky 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.
“Over the past couple of months I have been finding my feet in my new role, meeting local residents and getting to know hot spot areas in the community. 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 KICKR 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 has previously worked in a number of roles including as a receptionist at Bay Heath House in Chesterfield, a riding instructor, and also running her own beauty business.
Lauren said: “In my previous roles and I have really enjoyed working with a range of different people, and although I really enjoyed them, I wanted a role to challenge me and working as a PCSO does just that.
“You never know what you are getting called to and I am really looking forward to heading out to find more about the needs of local people and what I can do to help improve their everyday lives.
“In the past I have worked as a riding instructor so I hope to bring my love of horses into my role and set up a Horsewatch scheme in the area. This will involve offering support and crime prevention advice to horse owners, along with setting up a system to allow any suspicious equine related incidents to be shared quickly amongst horse owners.
“I do know Chesterfield as I have family who live here and I have worked in the area, I will be looking to build on existing relationships in the community in my role as a PCSO.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know more about the policing role and the challenges that it will bring.”
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