Ten years on the beat PCSO credited with helping to cut anti-social behaviour
Apopular Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) described as the “heart of Ryburn” is celebrating a decade of serving the local community. PCSO George Serban, a Romanian national who came to the United Kingdom 1996, first signed up to be a PCSO in September 2004 and has been credited with helping to cut anti-social behaviour on his Ryburn beat. PCSO Serban, who left a job in the textile industry to join the police because
he said he wanted to do his bit for the community, believes ves he still has plenty more to o offer the force. “The job was fine but I wanted to do someething that little bit t different, something that helped make a difference e to my local area,” said PCSO Serban. n. “Becoming a PCSO has been n the perfect way to do that hat - during my y decade with West Yorkshire rkshire Police I hope I have achieved ved that and hope e to continue doing so f for many years to come. “I would like to become a Police Constable one day. It’s one of my life ambitions really. I have tried in the past and I will try again. “At the moment I enjoy what I’m doing. I really enjoy the area where I work and the job that I do. “I still think I’ve got a lot more to give.” As well as providing a highly visible and reassuring presence on the streets of Ryburn during routine patrols, PCSO Serban has been involved in countless l extra activities iii i including visiting local schools to give road safety talks and helped Beechwood Tenants and Residents Organisation obtain a grant to run and sustain a youth club to tackle concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area. Susan Merry, chairman of the residents’ organisation, said: “We work with the local police in the local community and George has been outstanding with the work that he has put in. “People know that they can trust him. We feel safer with him being here.” PCSO Serban Serban, who tutors new PCSOs when they first join the force, has a also helped to set up a com community garden in Sower Sowerby. “I’ve always looked to go a above and beyond wh what is expected of me,” said PCSO Serba ban, who is a fatherof of-three. “B “Being out and ab about and patrollin ling the local area is of c course an important part of the job of a PCSO but it also allows me to b be able to play a really signifi significant role in subtle things tha that can help make a real differen difference.” PCSO Serban Serban’s work was recognised i di in 2012 when he was awarded a prestigious Divisional Commander’s award for exceptional service, dedication and commitment. The District Commander for Calderdale, Chief Superintendent Angela Williams, praised the PCSO’s dedication to the community. “George is the beating heart of Ryburn,” said Chf Supt Williams. “He is a well-known figure who helps to make a real difference, day in, day out and is a shining example for all PCSOs to follow. “George has come to the UK, learnt the language and put his all into the job - he is a fantastic representative of the role of PCSOs and of the force in general.” Outside of work PCSO Serban is a keen runner and a member of the Stainland Lions Running Club. He ran his first marathon in April.
DEDICATED WORKER PCSO George Serban PCSO George Serban with children and adults from Beechwood Tenants and Residents Organisation’s youth club