Posted on 17th December 2014
Residents in Ashbourne will be seeing a new face on their local policing team as PCSO Darby joins the ranks.
PCSO Gemma Darby has been working alongside mentor Tammy Bell-Heather on the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Since joining the team at the start of November, the officers have worked to launch a Shop Watch scheme to combat shoplifters and offer support to local businesses.
A community Twitter account has also been taken on by the pair to keep residents in the loop with the latest policing activity and security advice.
Before training up as a police community support officer, Gemma worked as a hair dresser in the Alfreton area for six years.
PCSO Gemma Darby from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “I enjoyed my role as a hairdresser however I decided that it was time for a career change. I have always liked the idea of joining the force so taking on the role of PCSO was a fantastic opportunity for me.
“I have been spending time getting to know the town, meeting local residents and shop owners as part of the Shop Watch scheme. Everyone has been very welcoming and I have really enjoyed my time on the team.
“So far I have been carrying out day to day duties such as traffic control and house to house inquiries. I have also visited residents in the community to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice following recent break-ins.
“We have carried out Operation Illuminate events to offer further advice and support, along with giving residents the opportunity to purchase discounted home security items from us.
“I look forward to heading out on patrol and getting to know more of the Ashbourne residents over the coming weeks.”
In the New Year, PCSO Darby will be moving over to the Marston and Clifton Safer Neighbourhood Team alongside PC John Bointon.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
For the latest policing news follow the team on Twitter: @AshbourneSNT