Two new Police Community Support Officers are out on the streets of North East Derbyshire.
Naomi Biggin and Leanne Dobinson are the latest additions to the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams that cover Dronfield, Unstone and the villages of Appleknowle, Barlow, Holmesfield, Cutthorpe, Old Brampton, West Handley and Millthorpe.
Naomi, who lives in the Chesterfield area, worked in the force contact centre before becoming a PCSO, answering emergency and non-emergency calls from the public.
She enjoys horse riding in her spare time, has been riding since she was young, and also has two dogs, Archie and Teal. She used to play football and hopes to use those skills to offer diversionary activities in for local youngsters.
PCSO Biggin said: “It is great to be out on the streets and meeting people face-to-face, it’s something I’ve longed to do since I started working in the contact centre as you are able to see first-hand the differences you can make.
“As well as creating diversionary activities for younger people, I also really want to get my teeth stuck into local concerns, and in particular to help older and more vulnerable people feel safer in their community.”
Naomi trained at the same time as Leanne, and they have been based in Dronfield for a week, spending time getting to know the local community during patrols of the area, visits to older and more vulnerable residents, to schools and the area’s air cadets as well as attending town council meetings.
Leanne studied criminology and sociology at university and worked as a college in Nottingham before becoming a PCSO, where some of her responsibilities included giving moticational and academic talks to students in year 11 to encourage them to pass their exams and achieve the best grades possible.
She also likes to keep fit, travel and enjoys walking her West Highland Terrier dog called Scruffy.
PCSO Dobinson said: “A few of my family members are police officers, and so I have always had an interest in the work. I’m really enjoying meeting local residents and Naomi and I are really eager to make a difference to community issues.”
To keep a check on the work of PCSOs Biggin and Dobinson, and the rest of the Dronfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, you can follow them on Twitter: @DronfieldSNT.
You can also contact the team by calling 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, or by emailing email@example.com.