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 PCSO Darren Miles bids fond farewell to Teesdale


A DEDICATED PCSO has said an emotional farewell to his team as he prepares to embark on a new role within the force.
PSCO Darren Miles has been a member of the Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Police Team for three years.
And he has enjoyed the job so much he decided to apply for the role of police constable.
During his time with the team, Darren has carried out work from covering agricultural shows and the Barnard Castle Meet to working alongside local schools.
He was particularly commended for his work with the Teesdale YMCA and with youngsters at the Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services.
Darren’s last day with his team was today, Friday, May 31.
His colleagues marked his departure with gifts and a card, to thank him for all his hard work.
One of his gifts, a golden boot in a box labelled ‘open in case of emergency’, was particularly well received as Darren recalled one of his more memorable jobs.
He explained how, as a new recruit, he responded to a call from a member of the public who reported a dog in distress in a parked car in Barnard Castle town centre.
Being a warm day, Darren rushed to the scene, but without any means of freeing the dog, he attempted to use his own boot to smash the window.
Not surprisingly, the method did not work but a member of the public did assist by giving him a crowbar, which Darren admitted was much more successful.
In the end, the dog was unhurt and he was left a little red faced, especially when the owner of the car returned.
Today he thanked his colleagues for their kind words as they all tucked into chocolate cake, which Darren made himself, as is the tradition at the station.
He said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Barnard Castle. I’m very lucky to start and finish my PCSO work here – it’s certainly very different policing. I have had a great team and thank you for the kind words.”
Both Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Team Inspector Ed Turner, and Sergeant Simon Rogers, thanked Darren for all his hard work and wished him well in his new role.
Sergeant Rogers said: “I appreciate all that you have done and all your hard work.”
Inspector Turner added: “I’m a total advocate of PCSOs – they are in the community and the eyes and ears so a great resource.
“Darren has really epitomised that and his training here will have given him a good foundation for his new career. We wish him all the best.”
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