Posted on 29th October 2013
A PCSO who has been a familiar face in Ashbourne for more than three years is hanging up her hat – and picking up a new one as a regular Derbyshire police officer.
PCSO Lucy Blackwell started her career with Derbyshire police in April 2010 and was originally part of the town centre and Marston area Safer Neighbourhood teams.
After a few months, she moved solely onto the Ashbourne beat and dedicated her time to getting to know the community she serves, from residents and retailers to schools and voluntary groups.
Lucy helped set up the town’s ShopWatch radio scheme, regularly visited schools for cycling proficiency, fares and other issues, and helped create several Neighbourhood Watch groups across Ashbourne.
She is now embarking on the next chapter of her policing career by training as a regular PC, and will be replaced on the Ashbourne beat by new PCSO recruit Peter Jones.
Lucy said: “It’s been a very challenging few years for many reasons but I’ve loved the variety of jobs and people that the role has allowed me to meet.
“Life as a PCSO in Ashbourne has given me many experiences, from chasing cattle down a road to dealing with anti-social behaviour and shoplifting.
“It’s been fantastic getting to know the local community and it’s very rare that I’ll walk down the street without bumping into someone I know. I’ve built good relationships with the schools, businesses and residents, all with the aim of keeping the town safe from crime.
“Working with such a brilliant Safer Neighbourhood team has also been a privilege and I’ll miss them all, past and present, as I take on the new role and the challenges it’ll bring.”