A Children and Young Person’s Officer (CYPO) who was personally thanked by parents for changing the life of their child is retiring after 26 years of service.
“I just want to thank you, you gave my son advice and guidance at a difficult time and he’s never put a foot wrong since,” were the words spoken to PC Paul Hamshaw at a Wigan Football Club match in 2018, which highlights the impact he has had on his community since becoming a police officer in 1993.
Paul started his career at South Yorkshire Police on 4 May 1993, at the age of 27, after being encouraged by his best friend to apply.
After completing his training, Paul spent time working for the Response Team, Intelligence Department, CID and spent seven years as a Community Officer at Swinton, before becoming a CYPO nine years ago, based at Maltby Police Station in Rotherham. Alongside his role, Paul has joined his work with his passion of football and policed many matches, including at Wembley Stadium.
As a CYPO, Paul works in local schools educating students about criminal offences and how to stay safe. The role also investigates crimes that happen inside the school and can raise safeguarding concerns where needed.
Paul has been the CYPO for Wales High School, Kiveton Park for the past nine years and yesterday (Wednesday 27 March) he was invited to a ‘goodbye tea party’ to say thank you for his involvement in their pupils lives.
Associate Headteacher, Lisa McCall from Wales High School said: “Paul has worked with Wales for a number of years and during this time he has been an absolute rock that we can depend on at all times.
“Paul has supported the full school community with success and his patience and determination to improve the life chances of young people is admirable.
“More than anything, the style and manner in which Paul continues to work with the young people of Wales is superb and exactly what the students need.
“As a positive role model, with his ability to understand and 'get' the students, makes him the perfect person for the tough role that he fills.
“Paul is loyal, hardworking and extremely effective - he will be missed greatly by staff, parents and most of all the young people.”
During his 26 years’ service, Paul has had the privilege to help vulnerable people, ensure offenders are brought to justice and guided young people away from a life of crime.
Paul said: “I have met some lovely people during my career, whom I will remain friends with for years to come.
“I have been lucky enough to serve my community while enjoying a passion of mine and policing football matches.”
Paul will be kick starting his retirement by taking 12 months off to travel the world with his wife. They will be visiting; Tenerife, Beamish, Bulgaria, Canada, Benalmadena, Mexico and finishing off with a seven week trip to Australia which will include Hong Kong, New Zealand, Bali and Dubai.
We wish him luck, thank him for his service and would like to remind him, he will be greatly missed.
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