My name is Sarah Pengelly and I am one of the Police Community Support Officers for the areas of Mutley and Greenbank. In addition to this I am also the Liaison Officer for Plymouth University. I have been in this role for approximately three years. I graduated from the University in 2005, so I have a good knowledge of the University and its campus. My role is to provide a link between you, university staff, the police, other agencies and the wider community.
Part of my role is to provide a visible presence within the University campus and surrounding area. I predominantly patrol on foot which allows me to be accessible and approachable to you. I will be providing crime prevention and personal safety advice throughout the year to help keep you safe whilst you live, study and work in Plymouth.
This will involve holding stands at welcome events and also security marking events for push bikes later on in the year. As well as trying to ensure your safety, a large part of my job results in dealing with students who act in an antisocial manner and also dealing with complaints about groups of students who have noisy house parties which have caused a nuisance to residents.
This antisocial behaviour may seem like fun and games at the time but you need to be aware that the police take this behaviour seriously and liaise closely with the University and Plymouth City Council. This type of behaviour has a very negative impact on the lives of residents and affects their opinion of student groups. This is a shame as the majority of students are well behaved and socially cohesive within the University and wider community.
I am based at Charles Cross Police Station, located on Hampton Street, Greenbank, which is close to the University and halls of residence. I look forward to meeting you all.
All the best
PCSO Sarah Pengelly