Former hairdresser ditches shampoo and scissors to help beat crime in the Derbyshire Dales

PCSO Chloe Burrell is one of four new PCSOs to be heading out on the beat across the Derbyshire Dales. Picture submitted.
PCSO Chloe Burrell is one of four new PCSOs to be heading out on the beat across the Derbyshire Dales. Picture submitted.
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A former hairdresser is swapping scissors and shampoo for life on the beat.

Chloe Burrell has taken on the role of a police community support officer (PCSO) with Derbyshire Constabulary and will help uphold the law in the area.

She is one of four new PCSOs to be heading out on the beat across the Derbyshire Dales and will be joining Sergeant Andy Wordsworth and PC Chad Fullerton to police the communities of Matlock Bath, Cromford and Bonsall.

PCSO Burrell is currently being mentored by PCSO Sue Lester from the Wirksworth and Middleton beat.

So far she has been involved in investigating incidents of criminal damage, carrying out house-to-house enquiries, speaking with victims and dealing with road accidents.

PCSO Burrell, of Ripley, said: “I was a hairdresser for four years and although I loved working with my clients the job just wasn’t for me.

“It was the same every day and I wanted a career where I could really help others.

“I have always wanted to join the police as a regular so when I saw the opportunity to train as a PCSO I grabbed it.

“I am really looking forward to going out into the community to meet residents in Matlock Bath, Cromford and Bonsall to find out what matters to them the most and how I can help them in my new role.”

She added: “I also hope to visit schools in the area to introduce myself to the children at an early age.

“It’s important and beneficial that they have a police figure in school that they can recognise when out and about.

“I have always been interested in sports from a young age – including dancing and running – so I hope I can bring this interest to my new role and look to run some diversionary activities in the future.”

To speak to the Matlock Bath, Cromford and Bonsall Safer Neighbourhood Team, call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire Constabulary.

For more information about the force, visit www.derbyshire.police.uk

What do PCSOs actually do?

PCSOs were launched in England and Wales in 2002 to tackle the fear of crime and provide back up to forces.

Typical duties for a PCSO include:

• Patrolling on foot or bicycle in all weathers

• Dealing with minor offences

• Conducting house-to-house enquiries

• Guarding a crime scene.

• Providing advice to residents at a number of locations

• Tackling anti-social behaviour

PCSOs have a range of legal powers to help them in their roles, such as the ability to seize alcohol from people under the age of 18. However, they do not have the powers of a police officer to detain people or take them into custody so there will be times when the back-up of a police officer colleague is needed. No qualifications are needed to become a PCSO – although applicants’ English should be ‘proficient’ – and prospective officers may have to pass a fitness test.