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Day in the life of PCSO Marcus Bloomfield

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PCSO 4922 Marcus Bloomfield – Newark Police Station

How long have you been a PCSO with Nottinghamshire Police?

Since joining the Force in February 2014.

What do you enjoy most about your role as a PCSO?

Speaking with people and the variety of work I am lucky to be involved in.

What qualities do you think are needed to make a good/effective PCSO?

You need a certain amount of confidence and be able to speak with all kinds of people at their level. You need to be self-motivated and happy to work alone at times and use your initiative. The more you involve yourself with the community, the more you will get from the role.

Have you had to face any challenging/new experiences?

I had a lot of new experiences early in my career – despite having some life experience when joining (I was 42 when I joined). Working for Nottinghamshire Police has exposed me to situations and people within those situations who I hadn’t imagined were within the community. There are regular challenges in the role – some small, some large. These can vary from trying to settle neighbour disputes to occasionally dealing with confrontational people.

What has been your proudest moment?

I don’t have one single proudest moment. I am proud of the links and contacts I have made in within the community and the young people I have helped turn away from/avoid criminal and anti-social behaviour. I have also been a part of investigations where the evidence I have gathered has helped secure convictions against offenders.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

There is no such thing as a typical day. Each shift starts with a team briefing and I always have a list of things I plan to do. However, that plan has to be flexible. In the course of a set of shifts I can find myself guarding a crime scene, attending a community meeting, giving a talk to pupils at a local school, offering crime prevention advice, helping with traffic control at a collision, taking details and statements from victims of crime, attending meetings with Social Services and other agencies to safeguard children and/or vulnerable adults – this list goes on. This is on top of the general patrols (mostly on foot) of my beat area.

During your time as a PCSO with Notts Police are there different projects have you been involved in?

I have been involved in a number of projects. I have attended meetings and been a local contact when Nottinghamshire Police introduced a new crime recording/management/intelligence and property system. I have been involved in local community projects - including a group set up to secure funding for improvements to a slightly unloved area and one set up to provide activities for local children to help prevent anti-social behaviour.

What would you say to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?

Don’t underestimate the PCSO role. It is varied, challenging, interesting and involves a lot more “police” work than most people imagine.