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In emergencies, call 999. Use only if a crime or incident requiring an urgent response is in progress or is about to be committed.
For most calls, including the reporting of crimes and any incident requiring a prompt, but not urgent, response: phone 101.
The role of a Police Community Support Officer
My main role is to be on high visibility patrol, mainly on foot, but also sometimes on bicycle, helping to deter crime, reassuring members of the public and dealing with various areas of lower level crime and anti-social behaviour.
My powers vary greatly, I deal with many issues like traffic offences, which include parking offences, issuing fixed penalty notices for anything from parking to throwing a firework.
I talk to members of the public about any issues they may have and take action to deal with it, and if I can't help, I then pass it on to the appropriate authority.
I visit community groups and schools, attend meetings and get to know as many people in the Thornbury area as possible. I aim to be a familiar friendly face who people of all ages can talk to, whilst still representing the Police Force.
Other issues that I help with, can be anything from graffiti to abandoned bikes, damaged signs etc...
On a more Police side, I assist in different ways, such as help Police with offenders, road traffic collisions, house to house enquiries, seize items and obtain peoples details, and much more, too much to list.
When you see me out and about, don't be shy, say hello, I look forward to meeting you.
Tony Blackmore, PCSO 8752, Thornbury Police Station
South Gloucestershire's Safer and Stronger Community Groups:
- work together to ensure that their areas are safe and pleasant places to live, work and play
- give local people a greater voice and influence over local decisions and priorities
- fund and support a number of initiatives that help the local community, such as shop-radio schemes, CCTV, young people’s and older people’s projects and community engagement projects
Call 01454 868760 to find out about the work of your nearest group and to have a say in local issues.