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A GROUP of police community support officers have been praised for their hard work and commitment after completing an intensive training course before taking up their new positions.

The 11 recruits were given recognition by Hampshire Constabulary following the seven-week programme at an accreditation ceremony in Netley.

Inspector Rachel Upfold, head of the training scheme, said: ‘As a group, they were well motivated and focused on getting the best out of their training.

‘Each day in class they would take it upon themselves to move seats in order to get to know one another and to experience working alongside different colleagues.

‘Their turnout on weekly parades was impeccable and they have set the benchmark for past and future courses.

‘The PCSOs will no doubt have some lasting memories from their time at training school and we wish them every success in their new careers.’

One of the new PCSOs, Emma Gill, was presented an award for ‘shiny sparkly boots’ by Chief Inspector Adi Kingswell, head of learning and development.

For more information about becoming a PCSO, visit hampshire.police.uk

The force has 336 PCSOs and their role is to support regular police officers and work to address anti-social behaviour, fear of crime and environmental issues.