A POLICE officer has swapped his regular town centre beat for a new role covering a swathe of rural villages in the area. Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sean Elliott, is based at Rocester police post and has been working hard to become a 'familiar face' in the villages on his patch. As well as taking to his pushbike to explore his rural domain, Sean is teaming up with colleague PC Andrea Radford to host a drop-in session at Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe this weekend.
PCSO Elliott said: “My long term plan for the villages I cover is to be a very familiar face so people know me and are able to approach me with any issues.
“It’s part of my plan to have key engagement days and drop-in talks with the public as often as I can so I can listen to any problems and help them find a solution.”
Sean has been a PCSO for almost 13 years, but in the past was working in Uttoxeter town centre.
Following a restructure earlier this summer, he is now covering villages including Rocester, Mayfield, Ellastone, Stramshall, Leigh and Bramshall.
He added: “It is a bit different to what I’ve done before as town centre work is a lot more concentrated, but I’m loving it.
“The issues you get in town you still get to a lesser degree in the rural areas, but there is the added element of rural crimes such as farm thefts and poaching.
“I do still assist town centre officers and they assist me too – the way the force has changed now means we all work to support each other.
“As PCSOs we aim to be visible, so the public feels reassured we are out on the beat and also to chat with people and gather intelligence.
“By being seen and being visible people mention things to us which might seem to be a minor nuisance, but when put with the bigger picture can help officers tackle bigger issues.
“We’re part of the drive to reduce anti social behaviour and criminality.
“Our priorities at the moment are cross-county crime and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
“As part of that, we’re going into schools weekly to give age-appropriate talks about stranger danger and other policing issues.
“We also work hard to combat rural residential burglaries as well as offering victim support, which is something I feel really strongly about.”
PCSO Elliott is now covering miles on his bike every shift in a bid to meet the residents of his new patch. He said: “People have welcomed seeing me on patrol on my bike, which has been great.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role and I’m looking forward to meeting more people while I’m out and about on patrol.”
PCSO Elliott and PC Radford will be at Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, October 20.
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