A NEW face with years of experience is joining the policing team in Uttoxeter.
PCSO Rhys Rockley has joined the force protecting the streets of Uttoxeter and has said he will be mainly focussing on antisocial behaviour and drug use.
And Mr Rockley comes with a wealth of experience in policing, having worked as a PCSO for several years in South Staffordshire Local Policing Unit and then moving to Burton-on-Trent in April of this year to be closer to home.
He said: "My main focus area is the town centre and the surrounding areas. The main issues that people report to us are antisocial behaviour and drug use so we are targeting these things in town at the moment.
"Obviously there have been issues with antisocial behaviour in the town centre recently and so we are working hard to tackle these problems, mainly people loitering outside the town hall and causing issues.
"My move to Uttoxeter was after PCSO Sarah Hunt left. I've worked in the role for six years, formerly for the South Staffordshire Local Policing Unit in Huntington near Cannock and in Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay."
PCSO Rockley is organising a series of Uttoxeter 'meet and greet' sessions, inviting residents to come and speak to him and the rest of the team at a series of drop-in sessions over the next few weeks.
PCSO Rockley has arranged the events so that he has the opportunity to introduce himself to members of the local community.
He has just moved to Uttoxeter from Burton and said: "I'm keen to let people put a face to the name and to say 'hello' to as many local residents and business representatives as possible. These sessions are an opportunity for people to talk to me about local policing and to let me know if they have any concerns or issues.
"The only way I can set about tackling problems is if I'm told about them, so please come along."
The session venues and dates are from 3pm until 4pm on Wednesday, August 27, and from 4pm until 5pm on Saturday, September 27.
PCSOs provide a key community role for Staffordshire Police by finding solutions to resolving local issues.
A force spokesman said: "Public demand for visible patrols has never been greater, with PCSOs helping us to meet this demand and to deliver the service our communities expect and deserve.
"Work as a PCSO is interesting and varied, with each day bringing new challenges."