Q&A: Steve Gibbs, North Hertfordshire youth crime reduction officer

PUBLISHED: 17:06 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 20 February 2013

Steve Gibbs

Steve Gibbs

Police Constable Steve Gibbs, North Hertfordshire youth crime reduction officer and anti-social behaviour officer, talks to Louise McEvoy about his job, rugby and Christmas

How long have you been North Hertfordshire youth crime reduction officer and anti-social behaviour officer and what does your job involve?
I have been in this role for about 15 months. It involves supporting Hertfordshire Constabulary by promoting good liaison with schools and young people, promoting healthy and lawful outcomes, and occasionally taking preventative measures such as issuing Anti Social Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) and Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs).
I also help to deliver young people's projects and diversity programmes, both in schools and independently of schools.

What do you most enjoy about your job and are there any downsides?
I enjoy seeing young people achieving things, but the downside is seeing young people struggling to cope with things for a variety of reasons.

If you could wave a magic wand and change only one aspect of your job, what would it be and why?
I would want more funding to be available to be able to show every young person the consequences of their actions when they are young.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Volume. Given the size of North Herts, trying to reach as many young people as possible is a real challenge.

From what age did you want to be a police officer, and are there any other careers you have considered?
I started off with the Civil Aviation Authority in London, wanting to be an air traffic controller, but I was persuaded that air traffic control was not for me and at the age of 18 I joined the police.

What is your involvement with Stevenage Town Rugby Club?
I have been chairman of the youth section of Stevenage Rugby Club and I have coached Under 18s to Under 7s. I am currently coaching the Under 15s / Under 18s girls' teams, and am Rugby Football Union ambassador for the South East. When I was still playing, it was as the veterans' team captain - over 35s. The team supports the Lister Kidney Foundation after our great friend and player in the team, Pete Claridge, died from kidney failure.

What other hobbies do you have?
I help with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as chairman of the scheme in North Herts, assessor and expedition leader. I also sometimes run a police course for the service section of the award. Other hobbies include classic cars and being a member of the Hertfordshire Society of Rugby Referees.

How would you spend your perfect day in Hertfordshire?
A perfect day in Hertfordshire for me would include playing rugby, visiting some of the hidden treasures in the county, and spending time with my children.

If you could change places with someone for a day, who would it be and why?
I would change places with any England rugby player on the day of an international match in which England are playing.

Describe Hertfordshire in one sentence.
Hertfordshire is a mixture of town and country that blends together, it is steeped in history, and it is somewhere people enjoy living.

What do you enjoy most about Christmas?
I love the anticipation of Christmas and seeing how it brings people together.

How will you be spending Christmas this year?
At Christmas I am normally working but I look forward to seeing the excitement of my children opening presents to see if they are what they hoped for.

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