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PCSO Archie joins Stoke Gifford neighbourhood beat team

Posted on Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 8:47 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of PC Julie Rudyard and PCSO Archie Flook.

Archie Flook, the new PCSO for Stoke Gifford and Little Stoke, has finished his training and tutoring and is now fully active within the local neighbourhood beat area. He is keen to establish a good relationship with the community and “make himself known” to local residents so that people will feel comfortable approaching him with any issues or concerns they may have.

Working alongside beat manager Julie Rudyard, Archie’s job is to work with members of the community to make the area a safe place to live and work. Although his role is extensive, some of his key responsibilities are to:

  • Offer advice on crime prevention
  • Deal with anti-social behaviour
  • Talk with young people and visit schools
  • Make house visits to reassure people and gather intelligence
  • Provide support at large public gatherings
  • Attend Community Engagement Forums and beat surgeries

Archie is thoroughly enjoying his new role, saying: “We are the main point of contact for the area which is a good task to be given. We have gone back to neighbourhood policing, which means we get to spend more time in the community speaking to the local residents. I get to stay with a job and see it through to the end.”

There has been some concern over the last few months about the lack of PCSOs on the streets of Stoke Gifford and Little Stoke as the year began without a single PCSO in the area. Hopefully members of the community will now be reassured as they see Archie out and about. Julie has also confirmed that recruitment is ongoing for the other PCSO position that is available.

Julie and Archie have been given laptops so that they are able to work away from the station. This has been an invaluable resource for them as it means they can spend more time in the community. Julie said: “Having laptops that we can carry around with us gives us the opportunity to engage with the community as well as getting our admin work done. So, if you see us sitting in a café, we’re not just having a cup of coffee! We’re also working, so come over and speak to us if you have an issue that you want to discuss.”

More: Weekly beat surgeries at Little Stoke Community Hall »

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