New PCSO joins Ottery’s police team

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 March 2018

Ottery PCSO Jonathan Sims. Ref sho 10 18TI 8987. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery PCSO Jonathan Sims. Ref sho 10 18TI 8987. Picture: Terry Ife

Archant

Ottery’s neighbourhood police team has welcomed a new face to the ranks after the appointment of a new PCSO.

Jonathan Sims hit the streets for the first time this week and joins the current team of PCSO Steve Trail and PCs Claire Dye and Paul Vaughn.

The 48-year-old worked previously in the town as a special constable and says he is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the patch.

The officer said he is not a direct replacement for PCSOs Maria Clapp and Jack Stannard and will look after Ottery town as well as rural areas including West Hill, Talaton, Aylesbeare and Feniton, alongside his colleague PC Dye.

PCSO Sims, who is originally from Exeter, said: “For me personally as a PCSO, what is important is to get out there and build relationships with the community, to build trust and confidence with the public and to work very closely with our partner agencies.

“The role has changed in recent years, we are doing a little less community work and supporting more of our police officers because the demand of the work that comes through. Threat, risk and harm are our key priorities.

“It is a lovely town to work in and the area around it. I am looking forward to being here and trying to reduce antisocial behaviour.”

His career began in 1995 when he signed up as a special constable initially working in Exeter. He has also worked in the Sidmouth, Ottery and Chudleigh police teams.

In 2007 he quit to become a PCSO and moved to Cullompton station where he worked until the start of this month.

Residents will be able to spot the father-of-one walking the streets or on his pushbike.

PCSO Sims said: “You have to have a lot of local knowledge. I worked here a few years back and I am looking forward to getting that back again. There are a lot of people who will not call us but if they see me they will tell me.”

The officer has worked closely with community speed watch schemes and also received a special award after helping to catch a sex offender who was targeting lone females around the Grand Western Canal.

He said: “It’s not something you come across every day and it’s a massive buzz. You have protected your community and put the person before the court.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 20:00

Highway bosses have submitted fresh opposition to a new proposed business park at Sidford as ‘nothing has changed since the last time’.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:27

For one Sidmouth woman, the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had a particular poignancy.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

Residents across the Ottery and West Hill parishes are being encouraged to head to the polls next week to vote 
in a referendum about the area’s proposed Neighbourhood Plan.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:30

A successful weekend, including three sell out talks, means Sidmouth Literary Festival has now firmly set its deckchair on the front esplanade of literary events across the country.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:22

An Ottery district councillor has left his post after breaching legislation for not attending any meetings in six months.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:20

Clinton Devon Farms Partnership has appeared in court charged with corporate manslaughter in relation to the death of a Sidmouth man four years ago.

Read more
Tue, 17:30

Music lovers have helped to 
raise £600 for Force Cancer Charity.

Read more
Tue, 12:28

Local artist Jacqueline Steel hosts a solo exhibition at Kennaway House, including paintings which led to her being invited to compete in Sky Arts TV show.

Read more
Tue, 06:55

A new £3,000 bench has been unveiled at Ottery Library to create a poet’s corner.

Read more
Mon, 17:30

A massive old telescope has come home to Sidmouth’s own observatory after many years away.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications