My shifts are either 8am to 5pm or 1pm to 10pm. I will change my shift if it is required to attend certain events or if there is a particular operational need, for example providing reassurance outside a school.
I’m based out of Northfleet Police Station and work with other PCSO colleagues.
My typical shift will start with a briefing with my team and my Sergeant. The briefing will include details about significant incidents which have affected the community and any crimes of note. I will also be provided with the names and faces of people who I am required to collect intelligence on to disrupt their criminal behaviour.
After briefing I then log onto a computer and research the incidents that have been reported on my wards since my last shift, I am particularly interested in any reports where vulnerable people have been victimised or exploited. I use this information to plan my shift to ensure that I am highly visible in the areas where I am needed the most.
During a typical shift I will visit any resident who has been a victim of a residential burglary, I use this as an opportunity to provide reassurance that being a victim of a burglary is still rare. I will provide crime prevention advice and even provide crime prevention merchandise such as shed alarms or light timers if needed.
I will also visit any person who has been identified as a potential victim of financial fraud, to ensure that they are supported if they have any vulnerabilities and signpost them to other agencies who can provide help. I work alongside colleagues from Schools, Health Trusts and Gravesham Borough Council.
I do have a variety of Police Powers, the most commonly used ones are the power to require a person committing anti-social behaviour to provide their name and address and the power to deal with vehicles being used in an anti-social manner. In addition to my routine patrolling I will also support local Policing Operations during peak periods such as local Truancy Sweeps or Anti-Social Behaviour patrols during school holidays or Halloween.
I will respond to calls from the Force Control Room that are in my ward, responding to Anti-Social Behaviour and nuisance calls. I will also support local Police Officers in searches for missing people or assisting at the scene of an incident if I am nearby.
It is fair to say that no two days are the same, I think on average I walk about approximately 2 miles a day around my wards and speak to lots of different people.
I really enjoy the opportunity to attend local support centres. I attend surgeries, coffee mornings, youth clubs, and adult pop in centre’s locally on my wards.
I look forward to continue working within the local community.