Posted on 12th May 2017
Residents living in the Creswell area have some new faces on patrol in the area.
It’s as we welcome a new bobby and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
PCSO Rebecca Basford started in the role in April, having previously worked as a support worker for the NHS in Rotherham.
Rachel is joined by PC Claire Harradine, who has also recently moved to the team. Claire has been a police officer for more than 10 years, and has spent her career working on various different response, investigation and proactive teams having been based at Bolsover, Staveley and Chesterfield.
They have taken over from PCSO Matt Wardle, who has now joined another police force, and PC Luke Christian who has moved on to a role in roads policing.
Both officers have been busy getting to know the area and community members, speaking to residents, meeting local councillors and visiting schools.
They have also been working with partnership agencies to target concerns about anti-social behaviour on Duke Street.
Outside of work PCSO Basford, who is married and has three grown up children, enjoys running and taking her dog, a Cocker Spaniel called Murphy, on long walks.
She said: “Becoming a PCSO is a new challenge for me, but I’ve always enjoyed working with people so I’m really looking forward to linking in with the local community and hopefully making a difference to any concerns people in Creswell may have.
“If there are any concerns or issues you think we could help with then please contact us and if you see me out and about in the area, don’t hesitate to stop and say hello.”
PC Harradine also enjoys running and staying active outside of work, and particularly enjoys mountain biking.
She said: “Having worked in the area on both response and investigation team I am familiar with the Creswell area, but it is a different style of policing for me. I’ve really enjoyed getting out on patrol and getting to really know the local community.
“Our focus will be to target the issues that matter to local residents and work with partnership agencies to try and find effective long term solutions. I also hope to target issues around the illegal supply and misuse of drugs, and what used to be known as legal highs.”
To contact the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or send them a message through the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.
You can also find out more about the team’s work, along with local advice and information, on Twitter, just follow @CreswellSNT.