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New sergeant based at Pocklington - Sgt Helen McGill-Sanderson is keen to meet the community

Alert message sent 06/07/2020 09:14:00

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Pocklington, in the heart of the East Riding Wolds, is a town of over nine-thousand residents.  It now has a new ‘resident’ at the police station as Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Helen McGill- Sanderson takes up her post.

Helen started her career in 2001 as a Police Constable in Scunthorpe where she spent eight years in a number of roles including in incident response, CID, the Major Incident Team (MIT) and the family protection unit.

Helen’s career was interrupted for three years as she had her three children.  Using this time not only to be a busy mum to her children but also she took the opportunity to study for her sergeant exams.

By the time she’d had her youngest child she was successful in passing each stage of the process and was promoted to sergeant.  She was initially posted to Goole where she was based in incident response for several years before going into the Goole custody facility working as a custody sergeant.

All of this experience has been invaluable to her, providing a grounding in many areas of the police, but it is neighbourhood policing that Helen has found the most rewarding and where she feels right at home.

We find out how she wants to work with the community to keep Pocklington a safe place to live.  Helen takes up the story, “I am very happy to be based in Pocklington as the Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) Sergeant.

“I am really excited to be at Pocklington, I am passionate about neighbourhood policing, and having already worked in the neighbourhood team for this area previously, so I know them all well.  They are so dedicated, and work really well together and have good working relationships with the local partner agencies and community groups.

“Pocklington is a really safe place to live and I feel the residents are extremely lucky to live in such a lovely town with a low crime rate.  The types of crimes that are reported here are things like antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and shop theft.  I know that these types of crimes can have a huge impact on those effected and it’s something I will continue to work on trying to reduce, but local residents are fortunate to have very little serious crime such as burglary and violence.

“Obviously Pocklington is in the heart of a huge rural area and it does experience rural type crimes and heritage crimes, such as theft from churches and damage to historic buildings and we have very good links with community groups such as Farm Watch and Church Watch and work closely with them to raise awareness of any current issues.  I am pleased to see they are very proactive in coming to us to let us know about anything of concern.

“One thing I am really keen to bring into Pocklington is working with young people to prevent future criminality.  This is what we call ‘early intervention’ and I am hoping to make this a big part of how we work in our community.  Sadly this project will have to wait until all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we are able to work directly with young people again.

“I will be looking at ways to help young people steer away from crime and antisocial behaviour and channel their energies into helping their communities in a positive way.

“Sadly, the Covid-19 restrictions have meant that as yet I have not been able to get out and meet our local councillors and other key individuals, but as soon as this is possible it will, of course, be a priority for me.  Having a good working relationship with the town council and its councillors is paramount to keeping Pocklington a safe place.

“I am hoping that this article will help in introducing myself to the local residents but I am really looking forward to meeting people in person very soon.

When asked about what she feels she brings to the community policing team at Pocklington Helen said, “Ever since I have been a sergeant I have felt I have come into my own, I love the role of sergeant.  I am good at looking after those who work with me and want my team to be happy.  If they are happy in their jobs they will enjoy their work and this can only be reflected in how they do their job and work with everyone in the community.

“I just can’t wait to get started and get out and about and meet the residents in Pocklington but in the meantime, if anyone has any problems that they need our help with they can contact us in many other ways.

“We have a section on the Humberside Police website where people can find out what’s going on in the area, the link to that is here:

“On this local page there is a link for people to sign up for My Community Alert too, something I would advise every resident to do if they can as they will get an email directly to their own email account.  If you want to find out more about My Community Alert following this link:

“For anyone who uses Facebook and Twitter we also have accounts which would be good to follow, to keep up to date too: Facebook and Twitter @Humberbeat_ERYW

“I really encourage people to get in touch with us if they have any concerns.  People can come to the station, call us on 101 or email the local team directly on the following email:

Look out for Helen as she gets used to her new community and stop and say hello if you see her, from a safe distance, of course for now!
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