Sixteen budding new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have joined Cleveland Police.
The PCSO’s are currently undertaking a ten-week initial training programme, which includes subjects such as community engagement, problem solving, PCSO powers, antisocial behaviour and hate crime.
Temporary Chief Constable, Iain Spittal, said: “I’d like to welcome our sixteen new PCSOs to the Force and wish them good luck on their journey through the initial training programme and wish them well in their new careers. They’re now part of the policing family that aims to protect communities and ensure a safer Cleveland for everyone.”
The new recruits are expected to complete their training and join the Force full time in March, where they will be double crewed before being able to go on independent patrol.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It’s great to see a new group of PCSOs who want to look out for the communities of Cleveland and help protect them from harm.
“I’d like to wish them all the best of luck in their training and throughout their impending careers in the police service.”
Police Community Support Officer, Georgia Borrow, who is currently undertaking the ten-week course, said: “I have been interested in the law from a young age and have been inspired by many people on my journey to become a PCSO.
“The main reason I wanted to join Cleveland Police as a PCSO is to work with the community and to help and encourage them make better choices for their futures which will help ensure Cleveland is a safer and more positive place to live. I am looking forward to engaging with the public and working in the heart of the community to increase the trust and confidence the public have in the police service.”