Posted on 4th November 2013
Ashbourne’s newest PCSO is gearing himself up for community policing by jumping on his bicycle and heading out to meet people.
PCSO Peter Jones is the latest officer to join Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team and will be responsible for helping police the town and surrounding area.
The 19-year-old, who has replaced former PCSO and now PC-in-training Lucy Blackwell, started life on the beat two weeks ago and has been getting to know the community he will be serving.
Last year, he took on an apprenticeship role in Derbyshire police’s finance department at force headquarters in Ripley, before applying to become a PCSO.
He has just completed a training course to become a ‘contender coach’ with Derbyshire’s Constabulary’s OzBox scheme, which gives young people the chance to take part in positive, non-contact boxing and fitness sessions and deters them from getting involved in anti-social behaviour.
As well as lacing up his boots and patrolling the town, Peter said he also plans to head out to the wider areas on a police bicycle to find out about neighbourhood issues across Ashbourne.
And he said one of his top priorities was becoming a familiar face with residents and businesses in his mission to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
Peter said: “One of the challenges I’m looking forward to the most is getting to know the area and the community. I’m new to Ashbourne and I think that’s a great benefit to me as I really want to get out of the station, meet everyone and build the local links that will help with my policing work.
“I’ve been out several times already and the welcome has been great. It’s very pleasing to see the community having such a positive relationship with the local policing team and I really want to build on that.
“Heading out on patrol and getting stuck in with the engagement work is one way I’ll be doing it, but I also want to head out on the bike and make sure I’m visible in all corners of the town.”
Peter lives near Crich and went to Highfields school, in Maltock, before completing a Uniformed Public Service course at college in Buxton.
He said: “I’ve wanted to be a police officer for many years and when this opportunity to become a PCSO came up, I went for straight away.
“Hopefully I can make a difference in the local community and help keep Ashbourne safe from crime.”
To speak to Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team, call 101.