Ten years on the beat PCSO cred­ited with help­ing to cut anti-so­cial behaviour

Halifax Courier - - Serving The Community - By Aban Quaynor

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

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