Friendly Dave is a top copper

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A MEMBER of the Newport Pagnell neighbourhood policing team has been chosen as Buckinghamshire’s Police Community Safety Officer of the Year after being nominated by a member of the public.

PCSO Dave Huckle was nominated for the award by Mrs Lin Goodship of Milton Keynes Council’s Housing Service, who cited his whole-hearted support for multi-agency work.

PCSO Dave Huckle

PCSO Dave Huckle

She said: “There are many occasions when Dave has contacted me to report seeing an empty property, open windows, damage to council property or an incident police have attended, which has had implications for the local community.”

Mrs Goodship also gave several examples of PCSO Huckle’s positive intervention, which helped to solve problems with anti-social behaviour in the area.

She added: “A tenant complained about a neighbour’s teenage children and friends who caused nuisance outside their home.

“Dave talked with the family and youths on the estate. He was able to ascertain that the relocation of a street sign would resolve the nuisance, which is what happened.

“On another occasion, Dave reported an empty property in a block of flats.

“With his assistance we made investigations and found that the named tenant was illegally sub-letting the flat.

“I was able to take back the property to be re-let.”

Although anti-social behaviour can cause great distress to victims, sometimes the perpetrators themselves are in need of support.

A female tenant was the subject of constant complaints by neighbours about noise and nuisance.

Meetings, letters from the environmental health department and the involvement of Social Services had failed to resolve the issues themselves.

PCSO Huckle got involved and was so successful that the woman, who was struggling with health and personal problems, also nominated him for the award.