As a police community support officer (PCSO), I work on the front line of your local force, providing a visible and reassuring presence on the streets and tackling anti-social behaviour.
I have many responsibilities within this role. They include patrolling a beat (in my case Preston Park and Prestonville). I interact with the public, while also offering assistance to police officers.
The main roles of a PCSO are to:
- deal with minor offences
- offer early intervention to deter people from committing offences
- provide support for front-line policing
- conduct house-to-house enquiries
- guard crime scenes
- provide crime prevention advice
The boundaries of my beat are Preston Park Avenue and Beaconsfield Road to the East, Dyke Road and Tivoli Crescent to the West, Clermont Road and Harrington Road to the North and New England Road to the South. Centrally located is the wonderful Preston Park. I often patrol Preston Park and hold a street briefing at the Chalet Cafe within the Park.
To the East of Preston Park is Fiveways. The local PCSO for Fiveways is Erica Harkness.