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PCSO Dan Banks Q&A’s

Posted: November 5, 2012 in PCSO

Q) What is your current profession?
A) I am a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for Popley. I have just been transferred here after 3 and half years working as a PCSO in Southampton.

Q) How did you get the job?
A) Did some online research as I wanted a career in the police. I chose the route of PCSO’ing as the best way to start and applied.

Q) Describe a typical day for you?
A) One of my favourite things about being a PCSO is that no day is the same. The needs of the community vary from day to day. But after checking my emails and researching the last few days of crime/incidents in the area I normally head out and do any enquiries required, or attend local meetings. From then on I’m free to patrol and engage with the public, providing a visible policing presence in the community.

Q) What’s been your most embarrassing moment?
A) Crashing my police bike into a river and getting very wet.

Q) What is your best quality?
A) I tend to be quite nice.

Q) What is your worst quality?
A) I tend to be quite nice.

Q) What makes you happy?
A) Vintage racing bikes.

Q) If you could go back in time, where would you go?
A) Ming dynasty china and become a shaolin monk.

Q) What would you spend a lottery win on?
A) Buy an island and rename it something funny.

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On the 22nd of July 2012, five Safer Neighbourhood Officers took part in the ‘Big Wheel’. We all wore yellow T-Shirts with #FedsOnPeds @BasingstokeCops emblazoned on the back.
The yearly cycle event is for charity. This year, St Michaels Hospice received the charity funds. The five SNT officers taking part were: Sgt Paul Markham, PC Rich Heard, PCSO Pete Windust, PCSO Tarren Porter, and I!
We started the event at Down Grange, and there was a good turnout. PCSO Rose Hewson and others had set up an SNT stand, to offer general crime advice and, to security mark bikes. 116 bikes in total were marked up and registered with ‘Immobilise’. After a few bananas, and water, we were off.
The course was mostly through lovely rural settings. Working in Basingstoke, you sometimes forget how much greenery is just on your doorstep. The first 51 miles, of the 52 miles route, were the hardest in my opinion!
My personal ride was dedicated to the memory of Ken Frankum. Ken was the devoted husband of Popley’s, Hampshire County Councillor, Jane Frankum. Ken sadly passed away a year ago. When I was finding it tough going, I reminded myself of Ken and his family and that got me through. Throughout the ride there was great banter between the team, and it made me realise how close we had all become. I would trust anyone from the team, to help me, in a tricky situation. Although the day was a happy occasion it was also the final ride out with Sgt Paul Markham. Sgt Markham has been promoted to acting inspector for the Andover Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Sgt Markham is the most pro-active and best Sgt I have ever worked with. We are all very sad to see him go.
The team of #FedsOnPeds arrived back in Basingstoke in just under five hours. When we arrived, a police response car escorted us onto the Down Grange field. We received a warm receptions from members of the public who had gathered at the finishing line. We were all given a nice little medal and more water. At the time of typing this we raised near on £500 for charity. I’m pleased with that! You can still sponsor us as the sponsor page will be open for another month (St Michaels Hospice)

PCSO Addison Maker Q&A’s

Posted: July 3, 2012 in PCSO

Q) What is your current profession?
A) I am the Police Community Support
Officer (PCSO) for Popley West. I have been in this role since March 2012 and
was given this beat as of July 2012.

Q) How did you get the job?
A) I have been in an office based job for the past 5 years, knowing that I always wanted to join Hampshire Constabulary. My father is in the force and I have grown up wanting to follow in his footsteps. I used my time in my previous roles to gain essential life skills, and, when I felt ready, applied to join as a PCSO. I was accepted and offered a post in Basingstoke within 3 months.

Q) Describe a typical day for you?
A) One of the best features about being a PCSO is that no two days are ever the same. Generally however I will start my shift by checking through what has occurred in Popley, and throughout Basingstoke, since I was last in the office. This is usually followed up by essential crime and Anti-Social behaviour enquiries. After this I kit up and cycle out to Popley West where I spend the remainder of my shift tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, Meeting with multi-agencies, Offering crime prevention and re-assurance and dealing with our current Popley Priorities. I also Patrol other local areas when things are quiet, such as Popley East, Oakridge and Winklebury.

Q) What has been your most memorable experience in your career so far?
A) While going through Basic Training down in Southampton, as a group we were subjected to C.S Spray to the face, a spray which is carried by police officers. I would say this was the most memorable experience as it was not pleasant whatsoever and I suffered the worst out of the group!

Q) What’s been your most embarrassing moment?
A) Falling off my Police Bike in front of some children I had just told to be careful on their bikes.

Q) What is your best quality?
A) My patience and understanding.

Q) What is your worst quality?
A) Not admitting that I have any bad qualities!

Q) What makes you happy?
A) Making others happy!

Q) If you could go back in time, where would you go?
A) The moment I got on a motorbike wearing tshirt and shorts, and kit up properly before nearly killing myself in an accident!

Q) What would you spend a lottery win on?
A) I would give away a third of it to family and friends, then set myself up for life with a house, fill it with gadgets, and buy a Vintage Aston Martin!

Q) Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else would know?
A) I used to be a hairdresser!