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Two new CSOs take to the streets

Posted: 05/06/2008 18:41:04

Two new Community Support Officers (CSOs) have just taken to the streets of Telford & Wrekin with the aim of providing a visible presence for the communities that they will serve.

CSOs Lynn Prosser and Wayne Jervis have joined the already 43-strong team of CSOs serving the borough and have now been out and about in their wards for almost a month.

CSOs offer vital assistance to the police and work as part of a Local Policing Team. They spend time patrolling the streets and local residents are encouraged to approach them to discuss any issues or concerns that they may have about the area they live in.

They can also to issue fixed penalty tickets for certain offences and have the power to confiscate alcohol from underage drinkers. Limits to their powers mean that they are not taken out of their specific areas to deal with other incidents. This allows them to concentrate full time on trying to improve the quality of life for the residents of their own patch.

CSO Prosser, who will be working as part of the Arleston and College Local Policing Team, hails from the West Midlands and has been living in the Telford area for more than five years.

“I applied to become a CSO having spoken to a friend who was already serving and I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks in the job.

“I’m really excited about the challenges that lie ahead and, being a ‘people’ person, I very much looking forward to meeting residents from within the area that I work. I will be aiming to form strong links with the communities that I serve in the Arleston and College ward.”

CSO Jervis, who has become a member of the St Georges and Priorslee Local Policing Team, also became a CSO having talked to a friend about the role and is already enjoying the new challenges he faces.

“I am born and bred in Telford & Wrekin and look forward to serving the people that I feel I know very well. I want to help make Telford a town that its residents are proud of and will work as hard as I can to make a difference in St Georges and Priorslee.

“I enjoy the chance to meet people and I hope to build a strong relationship with local residents. I want people to know that I am approachable and that if they have any problems, they can raise them with myself and other members of their Local Policing Team.”

Commenting on the importance of CSOs in the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, Chief Inspector of Local Policing Peter Davies said:

"CSOs have made a huge, positive difference to the way we deliver local policing in Telford. There are now over 70 police officers and CSOs dedicated to working in communities across Telford - providing residents with an easy and direct way of communicating with the police and having their problems addressed.

“Local policing has developed strongly in Telford over the past 18 months. This could not have happened without the work the CSOs do, the links that they have forged with local people and partners, and their day to day involvement in communities.

“Anyone who is interested in finding out more about local policing or who wants to contact their local policing team can do so in a number of ways.

“The most straightforward way is by looking at the local policing section of the West Mercia website (http://www.westmercia.police.uk/).

“You can also get in touch by calling 08457 444 888 and asking the operator for the Messageline for your Local Policing Team, or even by calling into the front counter of either Wellington or Malinsgate Police Station and asking for the same details.”

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