New MIlls PC bids farewell

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A Safer Neighbourhood officer is set to swap New Mills for Guernsey as he begins a new challenge in his policing career.

PC James Taylor will be joining two other officers as he takes on the role of resident police officer on the island of Alderney in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

James, who joined Derbyshire Constabulary in 2002, spent six years on reactive before working alongside communities in Hadfield, Glossop, New Mills and Hayfield as a Safer Neighbourhood officer.

PC James Taylor from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Neighbourhood policing gives you the opportunity to work closely with residents and businesses to make community changes for the better.

“I feel like I have really made a difference when looking back on what has changed since the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team first started up in 2009.

“At one point we had issues of anti-social behaviour within the local parks. We worked closely with our partners to develop long term solutions and set up diversionary activities for local kids.

“This included assisting with a youth action group and helping to develop the Newtown Recreation Park for youngsters.

“Not only did this provide somewhere for them to meet up with their friends in a safe environment, it also minimised disruption for local residents and massively improved the issue of ASB.”

Following their work around improving ASB in the area, PC James Taylor, PCSO Lee Baker and PCSO Will Brockett were awarded with the 2012 Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year Award.

PC Taylor added: “Over the years I have really got to know the residents of New Mills and Hayfield and although that I will really miss my role here and the relationships that I have developed, I am looking forward to taking on the new challenges that policing in Guernsey will bring, along with the lifestyle change for my family.

“On a personal note I would like to thank the communities and our partners for their support during my time here on the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team.”

PC James Taylor will be working his last day on Friday, January 16.

To speak to the team call 101 and follow them on Twitter: @NewMillsSNT