Honiton PCSO Phil Anning moves on after 15 years

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 December 2017

Honiton PCSO Phil Anning (centre) is moving on after 15 years. Photo: Callum Lawton

Honiton PCSO Phil Anning (centre) is moving on after 15 years. Photo: Callum Lawton

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It’s been an enjoyable journey for Phil, who took on his role in 2003, but his move comes as more uncertainty surrounds the UK’s policing force nationwide.

A Honiton PCSO who joined as part of a Home Office pilot scheme 15 years ago is moving on at the start of next year.

Phil Anning will take up a job with East Devon District Council’s environmental health team, which deals with dog complaints, flytipping incidents, kennels and catteries and more.

It’s been an enjoyable journey for Phil, who took on his role in 2003, but his move comes as more uncertainty surrounds the UK’s policing force nationwide.

He said: “There is going to be many similarities between the role I do now and the new role I’ll be started in 2018.

“You are still trying to help the local community.

“I have really enjoyed my time in Honiton – I have enjoyed the challenging nature of the role. Every day is different.

“Fortunately, I have worked with some fantastic colleagues and lovely members of the public.

“We are very fortunate we live in a very lovely part of the country where crime levels are very low.”

Phil started his job January 6, 2003 and was the first lot of PCSOs in Devon and Cornwall as part of a Home Office pilot scheme.

He added: “Throughout that time, there was continuing uncertainty around the future of PCSOs. But, 15 years on, they are still here.

“The numbers may be different in the future, but they will still be here.”

Paying tribute to his colleague, rural East Devon police inspector Chris Chamings said: “Phil has been an integral member of the Honiton Neighbourhood team for 15 years and he has served his community with dedication and passion.

“He is everything you would want from a PCSO. He has always been committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and he has always gone the extra mile in supporting and reassuring vulnerable victims of crime

“ His local knowledge of Honiton and the rural neighbourhoods he has covered is immense and he will be hugely missed, not just by his immediate team, but the wider policing family, including partner organisations that he works with, and most of all the community that he has invested so much in.

“I know Phil will be a great asset to East Devon District Council in his new role and that he will continue to serve his community with the same vigour and enthusiasm that he has shown for the last 15 years.

“I will be very sad to lose him from my team, but I wish him well for his future and will look forward to working with him from a partnership perspective.”


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