Two new PCSOs on the beat in Barton area to help combat crime
Two new police community support officers (PCSOs) have joined the Barton and district team to combat crime in the town.
Nicola Marsh has joined the Barton neighbourhood policing team, while Sarah Lister will cover the Ferry ward area.
The extra officers, based at Barton Police Station, are employed by Humberside Police but the posts have been funded by North Lincolnshire Council.
The council pledged £38,430 in its budget for the current financial year towards crime prevention initiatives.
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Both of the new officers began their roles at the beginning of this month.
Ms Marsh, 41, has been a PCSO for four years and was previously based in Grimsby.
She said: "It is something I have always been interested in.
"My dad was a police officer and I have been brought up with that background, so it seemed like a natural thing to do. I like conversing with members of the public, I am a very easy-going person and I like a challenge."
Part of Ms Marsh's role is liaising with Barton Town Council, North Lincolnshire Council and other agencies.
And she said there would be other challenges as part of the job.
She said: "I have been asked to converse with the younger people about issues in Baysgarth Park and things that are going on around the town.
"Talking to members of the public and the community is the biggest role that we have.
"The public have been very welcoming and they are very pleasant around here.
"It has been very positive so far, people are willing to stop and have a chat and they seem to find us quite approachable."
Mrs Lister, 25, has been a PCSO for three years and also previously worked in Grimsby.
She said: "I became a PCSO to help a lot of people who can't help themselves.
"You can spend time with them and solve problems for them.
"It has been different, going from a busy residential estate to a rural area but there are different challenges."
Sergeant Dave Burton, who leads the Barton and district team, said he was pleased to have the new officers on board. He said: "It is good because it allows extra officers to be out and about to allay fear of crime, which is important.
"It is great because it gives me an opportunity to have more bobbies on the beat, which I think is important in providing higher visibility.
"It gives more of an opportunity to engage with young people in the town, as well as in our hotspot areas.
"It is a boost to the Barton team, which I think is important.
"Both are welcome additions to the team."