Police Community Support Officers Simone Stacey and Natalie White are regular fixtures in the Dinnington community, whether that’s out on patrol or holding drop-in sessions for residents to come and discuss local issues.
Simone has worked in Dinnington for 11 years, Natalie for the last three, meaning there isn’t much they don’t know about their local area!
“It’s great being a part of a team that provides support to a close knit community like Dinnington,” says Simone.
“We want our locals to know that we are absolutely committed to making this small village as safe as it can be, giving our residents a better way of life.
“One of the best parts of this job is getting to play an active role in disrupting criminal activity that could have an impact on Dinnington.”
Both Simone and Natalie were recently honoured at the Rotherham Awards, each receiving PCSO of the Year.
“It was really nice to get recognition for our work in Dinnington, but that isn’t why we do this job,” says Natalie.
“We do this job because we love it, and we love the community we serve. We’re out and about every day and we hope that our local residents feel we’re approachable and can come and have a chat with us!
“We want to know what issues you have, so we can address them either within the police or alongside our partner agencies, and make the place where you live nice and safe.
“Feel free to stop us when you see us out and about, or we hold a weekly police surgery on Wednesdays between 1.30 and 3pm at the Dinnington Resource Centre. Pop in and say hi!”
Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson said: “This is what makes these two officers special. They are inquisitive, investigating crime while working closely with officers, but they are also totally victim focussed and identify vulnerable people in the community, working with partners to get the best result every time.
“They are motivated, keen, inspirational officers who have fighting crime and protecting vulnerable people at the centre of all their work and they truly deserve to be recognised for the hard work that they complete every day in the Dinnington area.
“They also attend events at the Dinnington Resource Centre in their own time to help the community such as serving up Christmas lunches to the elderly.
“They are true neighbourhood officers.”