THE FOWEY area has a new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to take over from Linda Thomas.
Lloyd Paynter was previously part of the Bodmin neighbourhood team, covering the rural areas around the town, a role PSCO Thomas will now take over.
Mr Paynter is no stranger to the Fowey, Golant and Polkerris area he is now covering, and said he was looking forward to carrying on the good work of his predecessor.
He said: "I have strong connections with the area, originally coming from St Blazey and having been educated at Fowey School.
"My wife comes from Fowey and my in-laws still live in the town.
"Before joining the police I spent six years as the office manager for the Fowey Pilots. Prior to that I worked as a car park inspector covering Fowey and, going back even further, worked for many years as a shipping agent in Par and Fowey.
"Naturally, I have a good knowledge of the marine environment and, with a view that marine crime is a concern to many people, hope to be able to carry out regular patrols around the coast as well as my land-based role.
"I know many people in the area but am looking forward to getting to know many more people while I am out and about," he said.
Mr Paynter has worked for Devon and Cornwall Police for the past seven years, covering the Bodmin rural area, including the villages of Lanivet, St Breward and Withiel, one of the largest beats in the force.
He has won praise for setting up a number of youth-led initiatives in the past few years, raising money himself for youth football teams. He also ran a successful rural police surgery project, visiting the villages on his former patch.
He said: "I covered eight parishes and assisted in Bodmin town, so I'm well used to dealing with a wide variety of neighbourhood concerns, and frequently attended parish council meetings where I established contacts with many people in the community.
"I hope to be able to adopt a similar idea with local surgeries in my new role, depending on public interest."
PCSO Paynter, who is based at St Blazey police station, can be contacted on 101 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org