A COMMUNITY has bid a fond farewell to an officer.
Police Community Support Officer Shivron Wailes has waved goodbye to her post as Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for East Durham and moved on to a new role within the force.
PCSO Wailes spent almost three years working with members of the community to help get crime prevention messages out to its towns and villages.
She also helped to build up Neighbourhood Watch membership in the community and encourage residents to help crack down on crime in the community.
She has now gone on to work at Durham Constabulary’s Aykley Heads headquarters to become a call handler.
PCSO Wailes has today been praised for the hard work she carried out in the community.
Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There’s been a strong link from Anne Ward, who used to do that job, and she’s continued on the work with the area’s Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
“Shirvon has done a great job and we wish her all the best.”
PCSO Sarah Willis will be taking over PCSO Wailes’s role as Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.
Neighbourhood Watch is the largest community-based voluntary organisation in the country.
The aim is to help people protect themselves and their properties by reducing the fear of crime and strengthening links with local police.