Posted on 10th July 2013
A community officer has bid a fond farewell to Fairfield and Buxton after clocking up more than five years’ dedicated service.
PCSO Michaela Daniels joined Derbyshire Constabulary in February 2008 and has been a familiar face on the streets of Buxton and Fairfield since then.
She started out on Buxton Town Safer Neighbourhood Team and spent four years working with the community there, before moving onto the Fairfield team in May 2012.
Since starting with the force, she dedicated her time to helping keep the communities safe and was a passionate campaigner for many community projects, most recently supporting plans for a new skate park in Fairfield.
She also struck up a close working relationship with partner agencies to help support the communities in a variety of ways, and leapt online to run the Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team’s Twitter account.
Michaela decided to leave the force to take on a new challenge as an intensive family support worker for Derbyshire County Council, where she will be using the skills she has developed as a PCSO to help families across the county.
The officer, whose last day as a PCSO was Tuesday, July 9, said: “I’ve had a truly fantastic five-and-a-half years and I am genuinely going to miss it.
“The community have been fantastic and it’s been a pleasure helping to protect them from crime and anti-social behaviour and to help with their projects.
“Being a PCSO has given me a great skillset that will help me massively in my new job and I’m grateful to have had the chance to work with the community, partners and fellow officers over the last few years.
“It was a tough decision to leave but I felt that the opportunity would give me a great chance to help people in a new way.”
Sergeant Russ Barlow, who is in charge of Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Michaela has been a tremendous part of the team in Buxton and Fairfield since she first joined and I’m sure she will be greatly missed by both the teams and by the community.”