Midsomer Norton's new police beat manager aims to make the town safer for everyone
Midsomer Norton's new police beat manager has vowed to work with the local community to make the town a safer place for everyone.
PC Mark Graham, 43, has just joined the team bringing with him vast experience in neighbourhood policing.
The father of three has spent the past ten years working in a similar role in South Gloucestershire for Avon and Somerset Police.
He said: "I have a lot of experience and hope that I can help make a difference from a policing perspective in Midsomer Norton and achieve results for the local community."
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Having watched his own father serve in the armed forces, PC Graham joined the military straight from school in 1987. He trained as a medic to provide support to those who were injured on the battlefield before taking the skills he learned with him into civilian life where he spent eight years working in a psychiatric hospital which specialised in treating patients with drink and drug problems.
He then joined the police in 2003 fulfilling a long-held dream of becoming an officer. He added: "Through my work as a medic in the military and in the psychiatric hospital I have a lot of empathy for people and feel this is an advantage in this role. I am a firm believer that if you show people respect they will show you respect back."
PC Graham said he welcomed the fresh challenges the new role will bring and looked forward to working in partnership with councils and other organisations.
He added: "We are your shoulder to lean on and your ear to listen and here to help with any issues that affect the lives of people who live in the town."
PC Graham, who recently moved to the area from Bristol with his wife and two younger children, described himself as a dedicated family man who loves spending time with his wife and his three children aged 22, 13 and ten.
He added: "I guess you could say my family is my hobby."
People can meet PC Graham while he is out on the beat in Midsomer Norton. Alternatively they can leave him a message through the Avon and Somerset police non-emergency number 101.