SHE became a well known face within rural Preston, but this week police community support officer Gemma Duxbury said farewell to the locality.
PCSO Duxbury has left to further her ambition to become a police officer, after five years working as a PCSO based at Broughton police station.
The move fulfils a long standing ambition for PCSO Duxbury, 27, who first started out as a special constable in Preston with the ambition of following her mother Deidre into the police.
Initially appointed to cover Broughton and Barton as a community support officer, PCSO Duxbury soon found herself becoming more and more involved with all the villages north of Preston as the role grew and changed over the years to include Grimsargh, Whittingham, Goosnargh, Whitechapel, Inglewhite, Woodplumpton, Catforth and Beacon Fell.
She is now looking forward to starting 16 weeks training at Hutton HQ; continuing her career “protecting people and reassuring victims of crime” and becoming more involved with crimes and catching criminals, as the powers of a PCSO are limited.
“But I have had a wonderful time at Broughton and I have met lots of fantastic people.
“It is a shame I am having to go, but unfortunately I cannot stay here. I would love it if I could,” said PCSO Duxbury.
“I want to thank all the people I have worked with over the last five years, serving the rural communities within Preston. It has been a great pleasure and I have made lots of great friends.
“I have done a lot of work with the schools and I would like to thank them too, for their help and support over the years.”
PC Chris Banks and PCSO David Reid will continue to cover the rural area, backed by the volunteer team who man the station, until a new appointment is made to take PCSO Duxbury’s place.
Following the announcement, PC Banks described PCSO Duxbury as having been an “asset” to the Broughton team.
He said: “I’m sure you will all agree she will be missed, Gemma’s work with schools, clubs, young and old has been nothing short of outstanding and her contribution to the policing of the rural area over the last five years has been second to none.
“She will leave a huge hole to be filled at Broughton station and will be missed but we wish her well in her career as a police officer.”