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Introducing Brian Geeson,

our new Police Community Support Officer

For the past four years, we have been very used to seeing Nigel Ritchie trawling the streets of Barrow. Nigel has now moved away. Thank you Nigel for all you did - and we now welcome the new friendly face of PCSO 6507 Brian Geeson.

Brian is no stranger to the demands of Community Support Officers having worked as one first in Sileby and then in Mountsorrel. Brian explained "After 25 years of working in the retail trade industry, including banking, I wanted to serve the community more directly.

Doing something within the Police Service seemed the right way to go. I began as a Police Traffic Warden but when parking regulation became the responsibility of local councils, I made the move to becoming a PCSO. So my role now is making very available the friendly face of the police, a particularly satisfying aim."

Brian's working day is spent as far as possible on the beat, patrolling the streets of Barrow and the Wolds villages. He provides reassurance, contact opportunities, high visibility and a deterrent to crimes by his very presence. He also gathers information which can be funnelled back to the regular officers. He will be running regular Beat Surgeries for people to drop in to discuss their policing issues and concerns. In Barrow these will take place in the Parish Council Office between 10.30 and 12.00. Look out for posters and Echo notices to tell you when they will be.

Brian is a real family man and has seven children. Somehow, he also has time and energy to follow his passions of gardening, bird watching and serious running, so don't try and run away from him! He tells me that some animals just haven't got that message: while on duty he's been chased by cattle, bitten by a dog that clearly didn't like his yellow jacket, rounded up horses on Slash Lane and shoo-ed an angry swan off a main road.

Brian would like to thank the residents of Barrow for the warm welcome they have already given him. His message is simple: "Please, please, look after your property and yourself. Lock your doors and windows at night and when you go out. It is truly amazing how many people don't.

Be considerate of others and the lovely area in which you live. Don't drop litter, don't let your dog mess the pavements and verges. Don't park your car thoughtlessly. Then we can all have a truly Happy Christmas."

Judith Rodgers