Oxford PCSO taking up new challenge to become a midwife

PCSO Lori Jones who is swapping the beat for a career as a midwife		     Picture: OX64791 Andrew Walmsley

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FROM working with schools to attending calls for crime, it has been a varied three years for PCSO Lori Jones.

But now she is bidding farewell to the Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley neighbourhood policing team tomorrow.

PCSO Jones is moving back to her home town of Blackpool to study midwifery in September.

She told the Oxford Mail: “It will be a sad day when I leave my area.

“I have had an amazing nearly three and half years here and it has taught me a lot about life. The people I’ve met along the way are some of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to meet.”

PCSO Jones has been working with children from the John Henry Newman Academy in Grange Road, Littlemore, on the School Traffic and Road Safety (STARS) project this year.

She worked with the youngsters to bring about the clean-up of a pathway leading to the back of the school. They also learned about road safety.

PCSO Jones was also involved in the successful enforcement of a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) in Cowley Road, Littlemore, which came into force in October last year and gives police powers to stop people from drinking in a public place.

And she has been a regular face at Littlemore Parish Council and Rose Hill Tenants’ and Residents’ Association meetings, as well as community events including Rose Hill’s annual Christmas party on the estate.

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Rose Hill and Littlemore county councillor Gill Sanders said: “She has been a really excellent part of what is a very good team.

“She has got to know an awful lot of people and her knowledge of the area and residents has been invaluable and will be difficult to replace.

“She will be very, very sorely missed. We wish her well.”

Mrs Sanders added: “The thing with the PCSOs is that they are a brilliant source of knowledge and expertise. They are a very, very valuable part of looking after our community.”

Rose Hill city councillor Ed Turner said: “We have got a great police team in Rose Hill and Lori is a brilliant example of that.

“She is very committed to supporting the community, has been a friendly face at community events, and she has been a wonderful PCSO.

“I know she goes with our good wishes.”

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6:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

People who have come in contact with or got to know PCSO Jones will, I'm sure, be delighted for the new career path she has chosen to becoming a Midwife. And yet, many over in Littlmore, Rose Hill and Iffley Village will also be sad to see this particular young lady leaving Oxford and Thames Valley Police, where she seems to have made a very positive and valued contribution to, for and with the communities and the people. This, so very important for communities in Oxford, after Labour-led City Council disbanded what had also become an important community element, in the form of Oxford Street Wardens. Like PCSO Jones and her fellow-TVP community support officers, Street Wardens provided an invaluable resource within our ever-changing communities, and something which many people across Oxford think has not been effectively replaced by City Council's less visible, thinly-stretched Community Support Officers, who were given a different remit and task by City Council, to that which Street Wardens had gained the praise and respect for doing. In the same way, Lori Jones will be missed (as have several PCSOs I'm aware of in recent years who have either left the Police or become trainee Police Officers) and her particular ability to become an active and visible part of the communities, whilst maintaining and projecting an highly professional and justifiable role within local communities in East Oxford. May you continue your good work within communities when you move back to Blackpool to become a Midwife, and take many people's very best of wishes with you on your new journey in life.
People who have come in contact with or got to know PCSO Jones will, I'm sure, be delighted for the new career path she has chosen to becoming a Midwife. And yet, many over in Littlmore, Rose Hill and Iffley Village will also be sad to see this particular young lady leaving Oxford and Thames Valley Police, where she seems to have made a very positive and valued contribution to, for and with the communities and the people. This, so very important for communities in Oxford, after Labour-led City Council disbanded what had also become an important community element, in the form of Oxford Street Wardens. Like PCSO Jones and her fellow-TVP community support officers, Street Wardens provided an invaluable resource within our ever-changing communities, and something which many people across Oxford think has not been effectively replaced by City Council's less visible, thinly-stretched Community Support Officers, who were given a different remit and task by City Council, to that which Street Wardens had gained the praise and respect for doing. In the same way, Lori Jones will be missed (as have several PCSOs I'm aware of in recent years who have either left the Police or become trainee Police Officers) and her particular ability to become an active and visible part of the communities, whilst maintaining and projecting an highly professional and justifiable role within local communities in East Oxford. May you continue your good work within communities when you move back to Blackpool to become a Midwife, and take many people's very best of wishes with you on your new journey in life. Myron Blatz
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