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A new PCSO has joined the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, and is hoping to improve parking outside two local primary schools.

It is one of the first issues Charlotte Platts has been targeting since she became a Police Community Support Officer.

Before joining Derbyshire Constabulary, 24-year-old Charlotte, who lives in the Chesterfield area, was a trainer for a financial company.

PCSO Platts became the latest member of the Safer Neighbourhood policing team in February, and since then she has been busy on patrol and getting to know the local community.

She has also been helping to target the concerns of residents, parents and staff at Holmegate and Sharley Park primary schools about road safety and parking issues.

PCSO Platts said: “Being a PCSO is very different to my previous role and I’m really enjoying it. I joined because I wanted to be able to make a difference, which isn’t always about crime but helping the community stay safe and getting involved in issues which improve the quality of life for local residents.

“One of the issues I’ve been working on is parking and road safety outside local primary schools. I’ve been carrying out patrols at school start and finish times, raising awareness of the concerns and advising drivers of safer places to park.”

She added: “I’m also working with the school and parents to look at other ways in which we could improve the issue in the longer term.”

Outside of work, PCSO Platts likes keeping fit and the outdoors, going to the gym, cycling and walking. She also enjoys going to music festivals.

She joins colleagues PC Bronwen Walton, PC Rachel March and PCSO Stephen Sweet on the Clay Cross Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.