Our Rotherham district has welcomed a new Children and Young Persons Officer (CYPO), who will focus on crime prevention, education and safeguarding within local schools.
Following the news of PC Paul Hamshaw retiring after 26 years of service, PC Louise Neal has stepped up to the challenge to make a difference to the young people of South Yorkshire.
PC Neal joined South Yorkshire Police in 1995 and worked within our response team for 11 years, responding to 999 calls across Dinnington and Maltby, before joining the Rotherham South Neighbourhood Policing Team for 10 years.
Following a change in structure, Neighbourhood Teams were disbanded and PC Neal returned to the response team at Maltby for 18 months before returning to the community based team.
She said: “As soon as Neighbourhood Teams were reintroduced by our Chief Constable, I immediately knew I wanted my old role back. I love community policing and seeing the benefits it brings.”
Back working within the Neighbourhood Teams, PC Neal applied for the CYPO role to give her a new challenge and ‘to make a difference to those children that may make mistakes at school, but whom I can educate and explain the consequences of their continued behaviour.’
PC Neal has a wealth of experience that she will bring to six schools across South Rotherham -Dinnington, Maltby, Wickersley, Wales, Aston and Brinsworth.
PC Neal said: “I have been working alongside PC Hamshaw for a couple of weeks prior to his retirement and I am loving the new role and the diverse challenges it’s bringing.
“I am meeting fabulous school staff, both teachers and pastoral care, who do a great job in increasingly challenging times.
“I hope to continue the great work PC Paul Hamshaw has achieved for the last few years and continue the great working relationship that he had with all the schools.”
If you see PC Neal don’t forget to say Hi! She will also be sharing her work on the Rotherham South Neighbourhood Team’s social media accounts.
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