Issue date: 03 August 2004

ISSUE DATE: 03/08/04

Security at the University of the West of England will benefit from the addition of two new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who will make daily patrols of all campuses. Raymond Barlow and John Hitchings will join the security force at UWE to help deter thefts and other criminal activity.

“We want to be seen as friendly faces around the campus who are protecting the interests of staff and students working at the university”, said PCSO Raymond Barlow who joined the Avon and Somerset Special Constabulary in 2002. “This is going to be different to anything I have done before but I’m really looking forward to starting my new career and meeting the staff and students on campus.”

PCSO Barlow worked in the Armed Forces as a R.A.F Regiment Gunner for twelve years serving in Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Denmark and he also currently works as a First Responder for Avon Ambulance and a football coach for Coalpit Heath Under 7’s team.

PCSO Barlow will be joined by PCSO John Hitchings who also brings a wealth of life experience to the role. PSCO Hitchings said, “The Campus resembles a small town and seems to experience similar problems, consequently I hope to meet the many and varied challenges enthusiastically, by utilising experience gained within the private sector combined with those gained as a Parish Warden.”

PCSO Hitchings worked for 27 years in the motor industry, initially as a mechanic and ultimately managing large workshops and receptions. In his spare time John is a keen sailor, photographer and DIY enthusiast. He joined the Avon and Somerset Special Constabulary three years ago as Parish Warden taking care of seven parishes in the Frome area.

David Taylor, UWE’s Security Operations Manager, said, “We are delighted that we now have two PCSO’s helping to ensure that the Campuses are safe and secure places for staff and students to work.”


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