Andrew joined in 2012 and has been a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for nearly 10 years working in East Leicester working from Keyham Lane.
He worked in catering at the University of Leicester and decided to become a Special Constabulary (volunteer police officer). Having volunteered as Special and working with a Neighbourhood Team, Andrew knew it was something he wanted to do on a more permanent basis.
“I deal with all sort of matters but I’m also a tutor, helping support new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) just coming into the organisation.
“I also do a lot of work on my beat on youth engagement. We go into schools and do talks ad safety advice in both primary and secondary on a variety of topics.
“I am also a volunteer Police Cadet leader and I’m the unit head for cadets for East Leicester.
“The backbone of the role of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is communication. Whoever it is you are dealing with, whether that is a victim, a suspect or a witness you need to be able to talk to them. How we talk to people is absolutely key.
“I love working for Leicestershire Police. It is a fantastic job and the role of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is very much what you make of it. There are so many areas you can branch out into with lots of different focus.
“People in the community love to see us out and about. They’ll come and have a chat and tell us about what’s been going on in the neighbourhood.
“You really get to know your streets, your beat and the community when you are on patrol and get to know where the local issues may be.
“I really enjoy being able to work with the community and give something back. It is a great team and I have great colleagues.”