More PCSOs needed to fight crime

A RECRUITMENT campaign has been launched in a bid to bolster front-line policing in Hucknall.

The Nottinghamshire force is looking for dozens of new full and part-time Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to provide extra patrols across the county during peak times for crime and anti-social behaviour.

The recruitment drive, which has been rubberstamped by the Nottinghamshire Police Authority, has won support from PCSO Louise Higgins, who is based in Hucknall.

She described her job as “challenging but rewarding” and added: “No day is ever the same as a PCSO — that is what I enjoy the most.

“I attend a wide selection of calls, ranging from a burglary to a neighbour dispute or anti-social behaviour.

“Over the years, I have built up a brilliant rapport with my community and they know who to contact should they need my help with anything.”

Some of Louise’s duties include providing a reassuring presence in the community, dealing with minor offences, recording crime, offering crime-prevention advice, guarding crime scenes and supporting victims.

As part of the drive, the force is particularly keen to hear from groups who may have been under-represented in the PCSO role in the past, including ethnic minorities, women and disabled candidates.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott, who is lead officer for local policing, says “PCSOs are a vital part of the policing family”.

He added: “It is crucial that our organisation truly represents the diverse communities we serve because this can play a big part in ensuring our services are accessible to all.

“It will also help raise public confidence if the public see their police reflecting the make-up of the area in which they live.

“It is right we actively encourage people from minority groups to consider joining the force, and I hope we will see high levels of interest.

“PCSOs play an important part in neighbourhood policing and they are truly valued — not just by the force but also by the communities in which they work.”

Recruitment officially opened on Tuesday last week (May 1). About 30 police officers, PCSOs and Special Constables have volunteered to act as ambassadors to encourage people from minority groups to apply.

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