New Great Cornard PCSO

A FRIENDLY new face has begun patrolling the streets of Great Cornard.

Andrea Campbell, the new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for the village, has been in the job for just two weeks following nine weeks of training at Suffolk police headquarters in Martlesham Heath.

The new role is a bit of a change for the 30-year-old, who until recently had been a travel agent in Bury St Edmunds for the past 11 years.

PCSO Campbell, who lives locally and knows the area well, said she was enjoying her new career immensely.

"I'm doing a lot of walking and finding places in Great Cornard that I didn't know existed," she said. "Everyone in the shops, pubs and whole community have been very welcoming."

PCSO Campbell said after more than a decade in the travel industry she decided it was time for a change and applied on 'a whim.'

"I really like being out of the shop environment in the fresh air. I really enjoyed the training and now I'm here and putting it in to practice it is even better."

PCSO Campbell joins PCSO Hannah Bitten covering Great Cornard. The new officer has been match-funded by the parish council.

This will cost the council 14,000, which can be paid in phases, with the matching 14,000 coming from Suffolk Police Authority.

Police priorities in the area currently include road safety outside schools, alcohol related anti-social behaviour, parking issues and continued high visibility patrols.

Peter Beer, chairman of the parish council, said the council was extremely pleased to have an additional police presence in the village and getting more police on the beat in the village was one of their priorities.