Published: 20 November 2020

Following a rigorous recruitment campaign conducted through the pandemic, Hythe & Dibden Parish Council is delighted to announce that the two vacant positions in the Council’s ACSO programme have now been filled.
Michael Armstrong and Mike Cathcart have begun work this month, and over the next few months will familiarise themselves with the Parish and its unique position on the edge of the Forest. 
Malcolm Wade, Chairman of the Parish Council said:
“I am delighted that Michael Armstrong and Mike Cathcart have been appointed and I look forward to seeing them patrolling the streets and local areas of Hythe & Dibden by the end of the year.
Michael Armstrong has significant experience in Her Majesty’s Prison Service and was a retained firefighter. He also served in the Royal Hampshire Regiment whilst Mike Cathcart has a background in education.”
Malcolm continued:
“We have a familiarisation and accreditation programme in place for them both, and I am sure they will receive a warm welcome from traders and residents alike.
From the end of the year onwards I expect them to be both patrolling on foot and bike or using the Parish Council’s electric vehicle. We will have one of the greenest ACSO scheme in place in the whole of Hampshire! I do urge local residents to engage with them and alert them to any safety issue they might perceive.
Community safety remains our number one priority”