Old friends reunited on the village beat

Old colleagues PC Lucy Oxley and Sgt Paul Footes are back together working again as part of the beat team at the old police house in Seaside Lane, Easington Village.
Old colleagues PC Lucy Oxley and Sgt Paul Footes are back together working again as part of the beat team at the old police house in Seaside Lane, Easington Village.
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ONE-TIME tutor and trainee have been reunited as they front a beat team for neighbouring villages.

Pc Lucy Oxley was hailed as Durham Constabulary’s probationer of the year for 2008-09, impressing bosses in her early days on the job in Peterlee, after moving up from being a Police Community Support Officer in Seaham.

Now the bobby has joined the sergeant who guided her through her first months in the role to patrol the streets of Easington Colliery and Easington Village.

Sgt Paul Footes said: “Lucy is one of the best probationers I have ever had.

“I was keen to have her on the team and she applied for the position, went to the interview and got the job on her own merits.

“She’s a massive benefit to the team.

“She’s a good all-round police officer. She’s got the confidence to deal with the crime side of thing, but she’s also good at handling community issues such as antisocial behaviour and good at communicating with people.

“She’s professional, got drive and determination and tenacious.”

Pc Oxley, who worked as a PCSO for three years before she was taken on as a constable with the force, said: “The opportunity came up and I went for it, and it’s good to be with the same supervisor again.

“I’m enjoying the job. I’ve made some good links in the community and at the Pact meetings and it’s important to increase public confidence.”