RESIDENTS in Buxton have a new police officer patrolling their streets.
PC Russ Barlow is the latest bobby to join the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
An experienced officer, PC Barlow first began his career at 22-years-old, volunteering as a Special Constable in Norfolk before joining the Metropolitan Police as a regular officer in 1986 and moving to Cleveland in 1989.
He then took a few years out from the police and trained as a special needs officer, working with young people aged between 13 and 19 for the local educational authorities in Lincolnshire and Rotherham.
PC Barlow then joined Derbyshire police in 1996, initially working in Glossop as a response officer. He has since worked in other parts of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales and has also taken on specialist roles, from targeting public order to providing advice on crime prevention.
Outside of his career, PC Barlow has interests in science and academics, with a degree in biology from the University of East Anglia and post graduate qualifications from Nottingham Trent University.
He is also currently studying for a master in policing ethics.
PC Barlow said: “While I am new to the team I am familiar with the area and looking forward to my role in neighbourhood policing.
“I will be out and about getting to know members of the community and carrying out foot patrols, something you don’t get the chance to do as often when responding to emergency calls.”
PC Barlow added: “As well as targeting the issues which matter to the local community, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the current priority of helping Buxton students settle into the local community.”
He joins fellow team members PC Tom Breakwell, PCSO Michaela Daniels, PCSO Matt Cox and Special Constables Leah Hilbert and Gareth Dickenson.
To contact the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the new national police non emergency number or email firstname.lastname@example.org.