Popular PCSO Andrew Bell certainly made an impression on the people living within a supported scheme.
And when the time came for him to move on to a new job, they showed their appreciation by throwing a party.
To help people and to help make an impact on the community is what policing is all about and I’m proud to have helped the people here over the past few years. Everyone here has a special place in my heart and I’m really sad I’m leavingPCSO Andrew Bell
The Hartlepool-based PSCO helped staff and service users at Eamont Terrace, a service run by the national charity Richmond Fellowship.
He gave support and reassurance for five years and first became involved when the residents were crime victims.
He said that after time, including supporting people in his spare time, they “opened up and started talking to me about things going on in their lives and confiding in me as a figure of trust.”
PCSO Bell is now moving onto a new role in London.
To show their thanks, everyone at the service got together to throw a ‘cops and robbers’ themed party.
PCSO Bell said: “To help people and to help make an impact on the community is what policing is all about and I’m proud to have helped the people here over the past few years.
“Everyone here has a special place in my heart and I’m really sad I’m leaving.”
Fintan Wardell, who is a support worker at Eamont Terrace, said the support from PCSO Bell had been invaluable.
As well as his community policing duties, he got involved with a sponsored walk which raised money for the children’s breakfast club at a local community.
Fintan said: “Dedicated and caring individuals such as Andy keep us safer and build trust between communities and the police service so he will be missed but we wish him well in his new role.”