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New PCSO looks forward to New Year challenges

December 29, 2017
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Nottinghamshire Police PCSO Theo Denton is looking forward to the challenge of dealing with incidents by himself in the New Year after finishing his period of tutoring.

Theo, a former Special Constable, was part of Cohort Three which passed out earlier this month after completing a six-week training programme. He is pictured on the back row, far left.

Here Theo, who is based at Broxtowe Police Station, gives an insight into the role of a PCSO.

What were you doing before becoming a PCSO with the Force?

I used to be a Special Constable as well as having worked most recently at Tesco and then for Community Protection before this.

What motivated you to become a PCSO?

I had always had an interest in the Police. I want to experience this role and hopefully become a Police Officer further down the line.

What did you enjoy the most during your training?

I enjoyed meeting new people who all had similar interests and aspirations. Officer safety training was also very enjoyable.

Are you looking forward to any particular challenges in 2018?

I will have finished my tutored period early in 2018 so I am looking forward to dealing with incidents by myself and having a positive impact on the local area.

What does a typical day look like for you?

After booking on I will attend the briefing with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and check the systems to see if any jobs have come in for my area since I was last on duty. I will attend any jobs if needed throughout the day.

After checking the systems I will go out on foot patrol around the local area, providing a visible presence and engaging with the community.

What qualities would you say people need to be an effective PCSO?

Good communication skills, problem solving and a proactive approach.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps in applying to become a PCSO with the Force?

Just go for it. If you don’t apply then you don’t have any chance.

PC and PCSO recruitment is currently closed, but police cadet recruitment opened in November.

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