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Police launch drive to bring in specials
A DRIVE by Derbyshire Constabulary to recruit special constables is taking place across the county between Wednesday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 7. A recruitment stand will be set up in the enquiry office at Matlock police station on Bank Road on Tuesday, June 7.
On Saturday, June 4 between 10am and 4pm, Matlock special constables will be conducting high visibility foot patrols around the area, targeting nuisance and anti-social behaviour. A special constable will staff an information stand outside the entrance to Bakewell police station on Monday, June 6.
On Friday, June 3 a high visibility public order patrol will be carried out in Bakewell town centre in the evening where recruitment literature will be handed out to anyone interested in joining the special constabulary. Assistant chief constable Chris Cragon said: "We are now expanding our Neighbourhood Beat Policing Teams and are looking for people to become special constables and work with community beat officers, police community support officers and local authority staff to address people's concerns within their neighbourhoods.
"There is a real opportunity to work either within your own community or in other areas to deal with the issues that affect people's quality of life. Special constabulary support and development officer Judith Walters said: "It is a very exciting time for the special constabulary so if you have ever thought about getting involved in your local community or want an insight into police work then come along to one of the events in your area."
Applicants should be physically fit and between 18 and 50 years old and have four spare hours a week. There are no height requirements or minimum educational qualifications. Successful candidates will have to pass an aptitude test, complete a medical questionnaire and must be of good character.
Anyone interested in joining the special constabulary should contact the recruitment section at Derbyshire Constabulary on 01773 572105 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk.
THIS SITE IS ONE YEAR OLD
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATIONAL PCSOS LOVE ALI XXXXXX
All I can say this is a brilliant site, and I wish that I discovered it earlier.
I can't name all my favourite members, because I think you're ALL WONDERFUL and it's been great sharing so many things with you ALL. Don't ever leave the forums and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FOLKS
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FALK AND TEAM and we look forward to the next year of your dedication and creativity alihowe
A year on I refuse to believe it!
The site has certainly got far busier. I for one at first thought the site may flounder how wrong eh!
Being a police officer some of the threads re PCSOs are a learning experience for me and have made me be able to relate to the PCSOs in my station better. Some times our needs and aims are quite different and no one tells us about this!
I wish more cops would take the time out to learn about PCSOs. CA5
A year on and this site has come a long way and i am sure helped many in their decision to join our happy little band.....I am not sure how many of the contributers are coppers but i am sure there are some and it is heartening to see not all are against us.....We work very closely with our beat team and are treated as equals to a large degree (there will always be some that see us as a threat to their own positions)......
As for those that contribute some make for most pleasurable reading a real laugh just the right mix of seriousness tinged with a little levity......
I will finish by saying well done to all that make this site an interesting and amusing fountain of knowledge......And lets remember not to take ourselves toooooo seriously....... dee
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Congratulations to everyone connected with the site especially Falks and his mob of mods.
This site has been fantastic for me as ive learnt a lot more here than i did when i first started as a PCSO over 2yrs ago.
It's a credit to everyone involved who runs and police this site for perservering with it......i take my hat off to all of you.
As for my favorite topic?
Well there's too many to choose from but i did enjoy the topic about PCSO's possibly being issued with the blue beat helmet. Created a lot of interest this topic and i think it's fair to say that many of the folk who took part in this topic were dead against the idea of wearing a blue tit on their head. kentishman
CONGRATULATIONS YOU'RE ONE YEAR OLD.
I have really enjoyed this site and it keeps getting better and better and has taught me a lot not only about my job but about myself.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, love Kelly xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
What the hell....i'll have another doughnut..... kelly
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The APA welcomed today’s announcement by the Home Office of the allocations of the previously announced funding for an additional 1,568 Police Community Support Officers by the end of March 2005. The announcement was made by the Policing Minister, Hazel Blears, at the APA’s annual conference in Brighton.
Ruth Henig, APA Chairman, said:
“Police Community Support Officers provide valuable visible policing to communities. They provide reassurance on the streets and in the neighbourhoods. We welcome this additional funding from the Home Office which will mean that for the first time every police force in the country will have some PCSOs.
This is the latest tranche of Home Office funding. Ministers have previously made it clear there will be 24,000 PCSOs by 2008.
The Home Office intends to increase powers of PCSOs, so that they will be able to enforce bye-laws, search detained people and deal with alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. Baroness Henig added:
“We welcome the fact that PCSOs recruited so far are much more representative of the full diversity of communities than police officers. This helps them to relate effectively to those communities. We need to explore why this difference is so marked and learn any relevant lessons for the recruitment of police officers.
“We have concerns about the extension of PCSO powers. PCSOs are effective and popular with communities because they have a role which is distinct to that of officers. The more powers they take on, the more that distinction is blurred. We need to look very carefully at the results of the pilots of PCSO powers to see what lessons can be learned in terms of how PCSOs are trained and deployed.” (Wed 24 Nov 2004)
Meet the community bobbies
By Jolene Hill
POLICE Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been pounding the beat in Beckenham for a year. But what difference have they really made to life in the community?
Reporter Jolene Hill talks to two PCSOs about foiling shoplifters, suppressing youth disorder and leaping onto buses to detain suspects ...
Beckenham-based bobbies Ross Neve and Simon Sproston spend most of their 10-hour shifts walking the streets.
Their role, they say, is to make themselves visible to residents, gather intelligence and deal with low-level crime and nuisance problems.
And they claim they are doing a good job as the eyes and ears of the police force but attention is sometimes drawn to the powers they lack. PCSO Sproston said: "We can't arrest people and youths often taunt us because of that.
"But what they don't realise is we do have powers to detain them." The officers cannot slap the cuffs on but are in constant contact with a control room and police patrols across Bromley, so if the need arises an arrest can be made in minutes. PCSOs describe it as like an advanced citizen's arrest.
PCSOs Neve and Sproston work Beckenham in a Safer Neighbourhood Team, with two other PCSOs, four constables and one sergeant. When the team first began patrolling the streets in July last year, around the same time Beckenham Police Station opened, people were a bit bewildered.
A former law student, PCSO Neve said: "Around 90 per cent of people thought we were traffic wardens. Now the situation is reversed but we do get asked for directions a lot." Their presence in the town over the past 12 months has helped them get to know Beckenham's shopkeepers and customers, who in turn make shoplifters known to them. Through this network many petty criminals have been caught.
PCSO Sproston said: "We know the prolific ones and we can use our stop-and-account powers to ask them for identification and find out what they've been doing, then detain them if needs be." The 30-year-old says intelligence-gathering helps control the "nightmare" situation on one of Beckenham's estates caused by the anti-social behaviour of two youths.
By walking the streets and visiting people in their homes the team soon got to know the youths by sight. Croydon-resident PCSO Sproston said: "Before Christmas the situation was out of control. Now the youths are on curfew and have bail conditions. Before PCSOs came along, the disturbance would have gone unreported or people would have called 999 and the yobs would have disappeared by the time emergency services arrived."
Both officers will leave Beckenham to train for the Met Police in September but as there is now a waiting list to become a PCSO they have no doubt their shoes will be filled quickly.
The pair, who work shifts and are paid a salary, both recommended the job and PCSO Neve says it has its thrilling moments.
Just two weeks ago, the 22-year-old chased two suspects across a road onto a bus and detained the suspects until police arrived. He was also called to rescue a footballer who was handcuffed and stripped to a T-shirt and underwear after a match and left to wander along the High Street. He added: "That's the best thing. Every day is different."
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BBC backlash at ‘terrorist’ warning
Top BBC journalists hit back angrily last night at ‘guidance’ telling them not to call the London bombers ‘terrorists’. The warning was issued by senior executives amid concern that the word was inflammatory and would compromise the BBC’s reputation for impartiality. The instruction was taken to heart by many staff and the word was noticeable for its absence from some bulletins. Helen Boaden, the director of news, sent a memo to senior editors within hours of the attacks on Thursday. It said news outlets should not describe the perpetrators as ‘terrorists’ although it was acceptable to refer to the bombings as ‘terror attacks’.
But one senior journalist called the move "lunacy of the highest order" and another branded it "disgusting and appalling."
A BBC online journalist confirmed that staff had been told not to use the words "terrorist" or "terror attack." He said "We were strictly instructed to refer to bombers and bombing. Anyone who unwittingly - or wittingly - used the word had it immediately changed."
Daily Mail 13/7/2005
Concerns over whether Government funding for CSOs will ‘disappear’
POLICE Magazine - July 2005
Police leaders from Lancashire have raised concerns over funding running out for the growing numbers of community support officers. Brian Aldred, chief executive of the Lancashire Police Authority, told delegates at the local federation’s meeting that he would ‘worry’ if funding was withdrawn.
He told officers that the 180 or so CSOs now in place could be funded by five to six per cent on local council tax if needed, but that 625 CSOs, the figure set for 2008, could hike the figure up to 20 per cent. Steve Edwards, chairman of the Lancashire Police Federation, asked Steve Finnigan, acting chief constable, whether he would maintain numbers of ‘fully sworn cops or less expensive, but not as empowered and not as skilled, CSOs?’
He said that the Home Office had committed to providing 24,000 CSOs through the Neighbourhood Policing Fund for the next three years but then it would be likely to come from general police funding. The Government has pledged £465 million over three years for the introduction of 24,000 CSOs.
Mr Finnigan said that it would be difficult to predict as far ahead as five years into the future, but added that they have always said they would not want the numbers of CSOs to increase at the risk of losing police officers.
He added: ‘The Neighbourhood Policing Fund might run out in the next three years. I am still not convinced as to whether it will or won’t disappear.’
Mr Finnigan said that Lancashire Constabulary would be likely to get a cut of around 600 CSOs, based on the Government’s formula, and pointed to the difficulties they will have in integrating such high numbers.
He added that there would be issues around ‘supervision, accommodation and vehicles’. Lancashire, one of the forces that first took part in pilots for CSOs, withdrew the power for them to use force when detaining suspects to reduce the risk of conflict.
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"Don't expect too much from your PCSOs"
"Their powers are quite limited to be blunt" Police support will be ‘limited’
By staff reporter
A LONG serving sergeant has warned people not to expect too much from their Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Sergeant Steve Buckland, based at Chesham since 1988, told a meeting of the town centre consortium that despite being paid around £19,000 with allowances, PCSOs had limited powers.
Sgt Buckland said: "Chesham has been allocated four PCSOs which is more than most."
But he added: "Their powers are quite limited to be blunt."
Their remit is to work in support of police officers, to provide high visibility patrols, observe and provide evidence for prosecutions, deal with low level nuisance and work with residents and organisations over community safety issues.
But a police spokesman said: "They have extensive powers to do their jobs including issuing fixed penalty notices, seizing alcohol and tobacco from young people and demanding the names and addresses of people being disorderly."
However, Sgt Buckland explained that PCSOs have little power to enforce fines or confiscation on their own if the offender refuses to give them their correct name and contact details.
In such circumstances Sgt Buckland said they would have to call for police back up and wait for an officer to make an arrest.
Sgt Buckland pointed out that fixed penalty notices could cover a lot of anti-social behaviour the police cannot justify arresting people for, freeing police officers to deal with more serious crime.
Sgt Buckland added: "As time moves on we expect the government to give them more powers."
PCSOs will work eight-hour shifts per day between 8am and 10pm with an average of seven hours out on patrol.
4:54pm Wednesday 2nd February 2005
Car Tax Dodgers Targeted
Tue 8 Mar 2005
Car tax dodgers in Bath have been targeted in high profile city patrols by police community support officers and the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Three operations to foil tax cheats have netted more than 20 fraudsters since the start of the year.
The partnership project aims to tackle the problem of untaxed vehicles in the city centre and surrounding area.
PCSO Helen Abbott of Avon and Somerset police said: “Prior to going out with the DVLA, we identify untaxed vehicles with help from beat managers, neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and members of the public.
“We then travel around with the DVLA and offending vehicles will either be towed away or will be clamped. If a fine is not paid then the vehicle will be towed away the following day.”
Her colleague PCSO Beth Shires said: “Once the vehicle has been towed away the owners will be required to pay the release fee as well as tax they owe. Those vehicles that are spotted have large stickers placed on them carrying the words ‘untaxed vehicles.’
“Since the beginning of the year around 28 untaxed vehicles have been identified and either clamped or removed,” said PCSO Shires.
She added: “The actions have certainly won public support and approval. They come up to us and say that they are pleased to see positive action being taken against these tax cheats.”
“This type of initiative sends out a very strong message to those who defy the law and drive untaxed vehicles – deliberately flout the law and you will be caught,” declared Bath Sector Inspector Paul Mogg.
New Street Crime Wardens On The Beat
Manchester City Council has won Government backing for two new warden schemes covering the city centre and the Oxford Road/Wilmslow Road corridor in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Centre Management Company.
The funding is for 14 street crime wardens to patrol the city centre and 10 to work along the A34 route heading south out of Manchester, covering the Manchester University campus, the Manchester Royal Infirmary complex, and shops and homes. The two schemes have won funding of just under £900,000 from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and will be managed by Manchester City Council.
It is the first time the two areas have been covered by such schemes. City centre rangers and Commonwealth Games volunteers have already demonstrated a need for full-time wardens.
Community wardens are already patrolling areas in the north, east and south of the city. In the city centre it is planned to have warden patrols working both days and evenings.
These two new schemes will provide a welcome presence on the streets, connecting two areas where the potential for crime is higher than normal. People coming in to the city for shopping and entertainment and students, health service workers, residents and businesses along the A34 corridor should be reassured by these extra eyes and ears.
Gordon McKinnon, city centre manager, pictured above, said: "We have clearly seen the benefit of providing public reassurance and assistance on our streets through the use of both city centre rangers and Games volunteers. The wardens will further enhance the feeling of safety for the public on our city centre streets."
Southall’s new weapon in the war on crime
Street wardens are being trialed in Southall this week in an innovative new scheme to combat crime whilst building community links. "This is a creative initiative to put more uniformed bodies on the beat," said Cllr Shital Manro, cabinet member for community cohesion. "Our wardens will have direct reporting lines into the police and council. Their presence will act as a deterrent to potential offenders and help reduce the fear of crime in the local community, particularly amongst vulnerable and older people.
"Though they have no powers to make arrests, wardens report what they see and take information from local people about criminal activity, anti-social behaviour such as noise nuisance, vandalism and graffiti, and environmental issues such as litter and abandoned cars."
"The wardens will work with the police community beat officers and the new police community support officers, as well as other council services like street cleansing, street trading and park rangers."
"Perhaps what's most important is the link we're creating between the community and the police. People might be shy or diffident about talking with the police, but feel able to talk more freely with a warden.
"Based on successful trials in other boroughs, we are confident that these wardens will make a positive impact on the borough.
"For example in Middlesborough wardens have almost totally eliminated graffiti in their area. Wardens in Sheffield have helped reduce the time it takes to remove abandoned cars from 30 days to 10 days. Following the introduction of a warden caretaker scheme in Hartlepool, recorded crime in the area fell by 35 per cent."
The fourteen uniformed wardens will patrol Southall town centre and the nearby Golflinks Estate. The joint venture is supported by £554,000 from Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and £300,000 from local neighbourhood renewal funding, with the council, police, fire brigade, community and voluntary organisations contributing as well.
In order to make the wardens more responsive to local communities and businesses, a consultative group is being set up with representatives from police, council, youth services, councillors, residents, local businesses, neighbourhood watch and local voluntary groups.
I've lived in Southall for forty years and so I know the area really well. Some of my family still live here and I feel that as a warden I really know about and can help the local community. Since I started patrolling last Wednesday the reaction from people on the streets has been great. People seem really relaxed about approaching us about all sorts of things and we're hoping that this will continue." Francesca Burke
" I'm enjoying my role as warden as I really like to work with the community to improve the area. I love getting involved and helping people. In my last job as a warden in Islington, I really enjoyed the reaction from people and everyone that I've met so far in Southall have been just as friendly and welcoming."
Westminster City Council has teams of street wardens, called City Guardians, working in the West End, Church Street and Queen’s Park. We want to introduce City Guardian teams in more parts of Westminster, but this depends on external funding, particularly from local businesses.
What do they do?
Patrol and reassure
City Guardians help to make public areas safer and cleaner by patrolling the streets. They help to improve public confidence and safety by showing that public areas are cared for. Working with the police and other council staff, their visible presence can help reduce crime.
Keep the streets clean
With our Street Environment Managers, City Guardians report faulty street lights, dangers on the footpath and work with others to blitz litter, graffiti and abandoned cars.
Work with local people
City Guardians get to know local people and understand their concerns. They act as role models for children and are easy to find in their recognisable uniforms. By doing this and helping with local events, they become part of the community.
Co-ordinate Council services
City Guardians know who to contact and the quickest way of making things happen. By keeping in touch with local people, businesses and visitors, they can be the quickest way to get problems solved.
How do they work with the police?
The Metropolitan Police support and encourage City Guardians, who work with local police officers on a daily basis. There are arrangements to make sure City Guardians support the police but do not replace them. They are trained to be observant and give evidence in court.
What training do City Guardians get?
They start with two weeks of preparatory training. This covers byelaws, street cleansing, dealing with violence, first aid, police reporting and giving evidence. Training is also given on the job, with new recruits working with an experienced City Guardian for the first four weeks.
How do City Guardians work with other Council officers?
All City Guardians have a radio and are in constant touch with other council teams and the police. The radios are linked into Westminster’s CCTV control centre and in many areas there is camera coverage, as well as radio cover.
City Guardians are not an emergency service. In an emergency dial 999.
How can I identify a City Guardian?
City Guardians wear a uniform comprising grey trousers or skirt with a gold Westminster shirt. In the winter they wear a blue jacket with a distinctive high visibility vest.
Are there other warden schemes in Westminster?
These operate according to a joint agreement between the City Council and the police.
The police also have a uniformed team of Police Community Support Officers, who have limited powers and support regular police officers.
Our City Guardians work closely with all these teams, and together we are forming a warden ‘family’ in Westminster.
Specials to receive tax cut to boost numbers
16 July 2005 - YORKSHIRE POST today
SPECIAL constables in a Yorkshire city are to become the first in the country to get a 50 per cent discount off their council tax.
The move is designed to drive up the number of specials on the streets of Hull, where recruitment has traditionally proved difficult.
The payment – worth around £400 to an officer living in a Band A property – will come on top of a £1,500 allowance that was introduced two years ago.
That saw numbers rise from 150 to 350, although still short of the 500 the force would like to recruit.
The scheme has been given permission to run for two years by the Home Office.
Coun Graham Stroud, chairman of Humberside Police Authority, said it would not – and should not – end up becoming a wage.
But he thought it a "brilliant idea", adding: "I'm quite sure there will be some people who find fault with it, but in areas such as Hull where it is difficult to recruit specials, it was felt there needed to be some kind of incentive.
"One of the biggest complaints we get in local government is that there aren't enough police officers. This is a way of providing an additional visible police presence."
And Commandant Frank Walster said: "Anything that gives us a high-profile in recruitment and retention I am all for it."
The initiative has been welcomed by other public sector bodies who said they would urge the Home Office to extend it to other fields that are also facing difficulties.
A spokesman for Humberside Fire and Rescue, whose 300 retained firefighters are paid around £15 each time they attend a fire, said: "Retained firefighters give up a huge amount of time for comparatively little renumeration.
"A scheme like that would be great for our personnel as it would give us the boost to recruitment we need."
Ray Gray, regional officer for Unison, said it was a good idea – and would be cheaper than sending NHS managers abroad to look for new employees.
He added: "I can appreciate there's a shortage of special constables, but there are other professionals within the public sector who are just as short of staff. If it's good enough for one, it should be good enough for the rest." Specials will still get their council tax bills up front. But at the end of the year they will get the 50 per cent refund.
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Patrol with a purpose
The ratio of community support officers to police officers could rise from one in 35 to almost one in six if Government plans to increase CSOs to 20,000 is realised. In their study of CSOs in West Yorkshire Police, Adam Crawford and Stuart Lister argue that their deployment can hold benefits for forces
Community support officers are at the forefront of the Government's plans to combat low-level crime and disorder and provide public reassurance in its latest spending review.
Just under 4,000 community support officers (CSOs) currently patrol the streets of England and Wales. The Government's proposal for forces to increase their number by a further 20,000 by 2008 will radically reshape the face of frontline policing and will change the current ratio of CSOs to police officers from approximately one in 35 to almost one in six.
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