St Austell PCSOs to begin police constable training
A pair of police community support officers from St Austell received their Christmas wishes early this year after being accepted onto the police constable training programme.
Alan Bull and Rachel Brannlund will be leaving their posts next month to begin their training in Exeter at the end of January.
“I have been here for five years and it’s something that I have always wanted to do,” said Mr Bull, who is currently the PCSO for Penwithick and Bugle.
“I’m not excited about leaving but we are really excited about taking the next step,” added Miss Brunnland.
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After completing a lengthy application process consisting of interviews, exams, and medical and fitness tests, Mr Bull and Miss Brannlund received a letter at the end of November to say their applications had been successful.
Mr Bull said he has been waiting for Devon and Cornwall Police to begin recruiting again for many years.
“Before I became a PCSO I was a special in Newquay for four years so I have been in the police for nine years now,” the 31-year-old said.
“I joined the specials for an insight into the police and to see if I thought I could do the job. Then I became a PCSO and obviously the next step would be to become a police officer.”
Miss Brannlund, who has been the PCSO for St Dennis, Whitemoor and Nanpean for the past eight months, said she was sad to be leaving her current post but was looking forward to the challenge of training as a PC.
“I’ve not long been here. It feels like just as I’ve got here I’m leaving again,” she said.
“I have been very lucky with the timing,” the 24-year-old added.
Sector inspector for St Austell, Tony Joslin, said the pair would be greatly missed in the town.
“Alan and Rachel have worked exceptionally hard for the communities of St Austell in their time as PCSOs, and their effort has been recognised by the respect they have received from those communities and their colleagues and friends at St Austell police station,” he said.
“They go from us to take on a new and challenging role within the police family; the role of constable.
“We wish them good fortune and a healthy dose of good luck, and hope, on qualifying as PCs, that they return to St Austell, where their enthusiasm and work ethic can be put to best use.”