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 Crook Police welcomes new face to the beat


Crook Police has welcomed a new face to the beat.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Craig Dowson will hit the streets for the first time this week as he joins the neighbourhood team.

The 25–year-old has started at Durham Constabulary after working in the motor trade for the past five years. He has undergone an initial three-week training course and will receive ongoing support so he can fulfil his role which will see him help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

The PCSO said he was “over the moon” to be given his patch which will cover Willington, Sunnybrow, Hunwick and Oakenshaw.

PCSO Dowson, who grew up in Ushaw Moor, said: “I am really excited to join the team and want to make Crook a safer place to live, work and visit.

“I have always wanted to be an officer since I was really young. There was a sergeant who lived along the road from me and I used to hear his stories which inspired me.

“I want to get stuck in and make a difference to the locals.”

His duties could include house-to-house enquiries, providing members of the public with crime prevention advice and gathering intelligence.

Teesdale and Weardale Inspector Ed Turner said: “PCSOs are an integral part of our frontline policing teams and are at the heart of the communities we serve. It is a pleasure to welcome Craig to Weardale.

“I would encourage everyone to say hello and introduce themselves if they see him out and about.”