Three new PCSO's for North Warwickshire

30 November 2006 12 : 35

Three new PCSO's have started work in North Warwickshire.

Manisha Pandya has recently been promoted from her position as PCSO in Nuneaton to PCSO Supervisor for the North Warwickshire Area and is responsible for supervising 12 PCSO's.

PCSO Supervisor Pandya said "I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with such a strong team of officers in the North. The PCSOs work really hard to combat nuisance youths and antisocial behaviour in the area and I look forward to developing this work further with them."

Simeon Hodson and David Brown have also recently joined the PCSO team and have settled in to their own beat areas. PCSO Hodson has joined the Atherstone East Safer Neighbourhood team responsible for Arley and Whitacre, and PCSO Brown has joined the Coleshill South Safer Neighbourhood Team covering the Coleshill Town area.

Before joining Warwickshire Police, PCSO Hodson, worked as a professional footballer for twelve years and also for a private company.

PCSO Hodson said "During my professional career I played for Notts County, Lincoln City and Charlton Athletic W B A. I started playing in the early eighties and finished mid nineties and enjoyed every second of it.

"In my first week with Warwickshire Police I was under the wing of experienced PCSO Esther Kinch and in that time I have done a vehicle check, met the Mayor, studied a lot of cctv, made house to house calls and many other things. The role is very diverse and I have a lot to learn but it is very enjoyable, everyone at the station has been welcoming and a great help."

David Brown worked as a Community Street Warden for Tamworth Borough Council before becoming a PCSO. He said "I joined Warwickshire as a PCSO to make a difference in the Communities in which we all live and work."

PSCO Supervisor Pandya said "The main purpose of the role of PCSO is to work within communities to enhance police presence and give reassurance to the community in order to reduce crime and the fear of crime. This will predominantly be carried out by foot patrol which requires a high degree of stamina and physical fitness.

"It's an extremely interesting role and one in which each individual can make a difference to the community they police. There's a lot of empowerment in the role and the individuals work in conjunction with partner agencies to find solutions to problems that cause concern for the local community, for example, graffiti or perhaps helping someone sleeping on the streets find shelter."

For more information about becoming a PCSO, please visit the careers section of the Warwickshire Police Website www.warwickshire.police.uk

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Please contact Hazel Nicholas on 02476 483366 to request photos of PCSOs Hodson and Brown.

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Hazel Nicholas