What do you do and where do you come from?
I’m Lewis and I’m a Civil Enforcement Officer from Derby!
How did you end up in your current role? What inspired you to get involved in parking?
I fancied a change of career and saw the job advertised and parking sounded very interesting and challenging.
What do you enjoy about the job and what is the most rewarding part of your job?
I enjoy being able to manage my own beats and organise my work to be as efficient as I can be. I find the role most rewarding when I can take positive action in cases such as the misuse of blue disabled badges and helping the public in general.
What kind of challenges do you encounter on a daily basis in your role?
People are not often pleased to see us so we normally start from a position where a driver will not be happy with me. I have to use my personal skills and qualities and the training I have received in order to try and assist drivers whilst ensuring the matter does not escalate.
How do you spend your free time outside of work?
I enjoy cycling and going to car shows.
We’ve heard lots about Operation Moor that took place recently – what did you and the team do?
Our patrols visited five Schools in the Mackworth area, some of which were accompanied by local Councillors supporting our patrols. The feedback was positive from parents and the visits well received. In the Enfield Road area of Mackworth around 50 ‘Pavement parking’ and ‘Grass verge’ leaflets were distributed. Residents were delighted to see us.
Over 190 Access Only advisory leaflets were issued to vehicles parked in the Sherwin Street area of the Darley Ward and again this was well received by residents who all commented on the fact they would like the Council to introduce some restrictions to prevent University parking.