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HERE IS A LIST of the first 50 pages ever created on national-PCSOs in the order that they were made, in case anybody is interested

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1 click here then on the image again once it appears "Site Background" first page ever created for national-pcsos not saved
2 click here then on the image again once it appears "Contact Us" second page ever created for national-pcsos not saved
3 click here then on the image again once it appears "PCSO ROLE" 2 pages saved
4 click here then on the image again once it appears "All articles, letters and adverts" saved
5 click here then on the image again once it appears "Message Board" topic titles, rules and regulations not saved
6 click here then on the image again once it appears "Recommended Police Websites" a top ten of Police sites 2005 - 2006 not saved
7 click here then on the image again once it appears "PCSO Origins" saved
8 click here then on the image again once it appears "PCSO profiles and diaries" view in pdf 1
9 click here then on the image again once it appears "Nick Packham's pay scales" (2006) view in pdf 10
10 click here then on the image again once it appears "National Passions" this never really caught on
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11 click here then on the image again once it appears "TPCSO article" view in pdf 6
12 click here then on the image again once it appears "Hero of the month club" ooops! I just forgot about this page entirely!! not saved
13 click here then on the image again once it appears "Subscribers" not saved
14 click here then on the image again once it appears "MET PCSO AWARDS 2004" view in pdf 9
15 click here then on the image again once it appears "PCSO VACANCIES" (2006) not saved
16 click here then on the image again once it appears "John Child page" not saved
17 click here then on the image again once it appears "The right to safer streets in this country" view in pdf 4
18 click here then on the image again once it appears "Caroline Gentry" view in pdf 5
19 click here then on the image again once it appears "national-PCSOs 2005 full colour calendar by John Child" not saved
20 click here then on the image again once it appears "Funding" page 3 of 3 the original 'Funding page' begun in 2004, not saved but pages 1 - 2 were not saved
21 click here then on the image again once it appears "PJIRC chat room" included instruction for the MSN chat room too (now withdrawn by MSN) saved
22 click here then on the image again once it appears "PCSO interviews" (tips) saved
23 click here then on the image again once it appears "PCSO KNIGHTS OF THE REALM" not saved
24 click here then on the image again once it appears "Trouble shooters" saved
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26 click here then on the image again once it appears "Walking and boots: happy, healthy feet" not saved
27 click here then on the image again once it appears "Canterbury Christ Church University project" set up by a very good friend of mine Chris Walden!! not saved
28 click here then on the image again once it appears "policing within the heart of communities" this is in fact page 4 of 4 "Safer Neigbourhoods" - just 2 pages of 4 were saved, not this one though not saved
29 click here then on the image again once it appears "2003 FOUNDATION PCSO (MET)" not saved
30 page deleted I have no clue what this page was it was deleted! that's all I know not saved
31 click here then on the image again once it appears "Offers and concessions to PCSOs" not saved
32 yikes another page deleted sorry I have no idea, it's just gone not saved
33 click here then on the image again once it appears "Quiz master page" holds a list of all "PCSO" quizzes not saved
34 click here then on the image again once it appears "Bazza's page" reputdely the first MET PCSO to set foot on London streets ON DUTY here is Bazza - in all his glory!! view in pdf 3
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37 click here then on the image again once it appears N E W S this was supposed to carry news items current for the month viewed saved
38 click here then on the image again once it appears "Shane Jenkins' Cycle Patrols" view in pdf 7
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40 click here then on the image again once it appears F e d e r a t i o n what does the Police Federation say about PCSOs? (2005 - 2007) view in pdf 2
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Has the Met Police become London’s employer of choice?
30/03/2006
Policing in London’s diverse Capital was one of the topics under discussion at the Mayor’s State of Race Equality in London conference which took place last Saturday.

At the conference, Mayor Ken Livingstone said that the distance the police service has travelled “was the most significant achievement” within public services in terms of “increasing trust and confidence in ethnic minorities.”

One of the speakers at the event was Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Met Police, Rose Fitzpatrick who has specific responsibility for Diversity and Citizen Focus.

In an interview with Black Britain to discuss some of the issues surrounding policing London’s diverse communities, Fitzpatrick said that since 2002 the numbers of black and minority ethnic officers in the Metropolitan Police (Met Police) had increased by 82 per cent.

In reality, the numbers to begin with were fairly low so the 82 per cent has to be viewed cautiously. But Fitzpatrick was quick to point out that despite this there has still been a huge increase in black recruits:

“Forty-three per cent of our applications to the Met to become a police officer are from people from black and minority ethnic communities… I think this is an amazing figure.”

The increased levels are replicated in the recruitment of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) – paid officers who work alongside police constables but who patrol the streets of London on a daily basis.

Fitzpatrick told Black Britain that 43 per cent of applications to become PCSOs are from black and minority ethnic people. Overall in the Met Police 7.4 per cent of officers are from BME backgrounds but the figure for PCSOs is 36.5 per cent. Fitzpatrick said:
“What we are seeing is that very local role for people working in their community, in their area, working to resolve local problems of crime… seems to be attracting people from black and minority ethnic communities into the organisation.”

The deputy minister said she felt this was “a big news story” to have moved from having a tiny number of black recruits in the Met Police to having almost half of new applicants from BME backgrounds, which points to the Met Police becoming the “employer of their choice.”

But some within the black community are not convinced that personal choice is the issue here. Luwezi Kinshsasa, spokesperson for the African Defence Against Police Terror told Black Britain that the increased numbers of black people joining the Force, was more an indicator of “economic necessity.”

Kinshasa said: “Public services have always attracted high number of black employees because they are considered to be secure jobs.”

Do more black recruits amount to better policing of black communities?

Black Britain asked the deputy assistant commissioner about some of the underlying issues which continue to put black communities at odds with the police.

In particular, Black Britain asked how black individuals can feel comfortable in joining a police force that is still regarded as being institutionally racist as demonstrated in the case of Christopher Alder, who Black Britain reported this week died as a result of “unwitting racism?”

Fitzpatrick declined to answer this saying: “It’s not something that it would be appropriate for me to comment on.” Fitzpatrick told Black Britain that the Met Police recognises the necessity of retaining high levels of black recruits but said it is also important to ensure that what they bring to the table is acknowledged and utilised:

“We want to make sure that the skills and knowledge of communities which people from black and minority ethnic communities bring into the organisation gets spread around.”

The deputy minister said that the Met are only too aware that black recruits are under-represented in senior roles within the police force and to counter that it has developed several leadership and career development programmes to support people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

But Kinshasa from ADAPT is still sceptical. He told Black Britain: “The fact that the Met police have higher numbers of black police officers is not necessarily a good thing because it’s the policies that they work to which affects the level of police service that black people receive.”

Another thorny issue in terms of policing in London is the still disproportionately high numbers of black people who are stopped and searched by the police, a factor which does little to build bridges with black communities.

Fitzpatrick referred to the Met Police’s new Safer Neighbourhood scheme which will mean every ward in London will have its own team consisting of one police sergeant, two constables and three PCSOs. The role of these teams will be to stay within the ward and get to know the make-up of their local communities. She said: “The idea is that with the greater mix of PCSOs from black and minority ethnic communities is that the teams will actually look like the communities they serve.”

When pressed on stop and searches and their effect on black communities Fitzpatrick admitted there is still “a lot more work to do,” adding:
“I do think that stop and search is an important part of the picture of trust and confidence between the police and black communities and the more we can understand and reduce inappropriate disproportionalities, the better.”

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Web blog goes live

PCSO Mark Dunkley Members of the public are getting the chance to learn about Neighbourhood Policing thanks to a “web blog” on West Yorkshire Police’s website.

Web Blogs are the popular term for online diaries, and visitors to the Force website can now read regular updates by Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Mark Dunkley, 19, who patrols Airedale in Castleford as part of the 5 Towns Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).

It has been set up to give people an insight into what it's like being part of a Neighbourhood Policing Team, as well as a bit of background about the people who do the jobs.

Neighbourhood Policing is all about getting more of the police officers and staff closer to the people they police and protect, as well as working in partnership with local communities to address any concerns and improve people's quality of life.

PCSO Mark Dunkley said: “I am thoroughly enjoying working as part of the 5 Towns NPT and being able to concentrate on dealing with issues such as anti-social behaviour and other nuisance problems which cause anxiety to the local community.

“I think the web blog is a great way for people to find out what it is like to be part of a Neighbourhood Policing Team and see the varied work we do within the community.”

Said Web Communication Manager Patrick Brooke: “Online diaries are very readable, and easy to digest, and therefore a great way of describing the day to day policing issues to the general public.
“Mark is doing a great job writing about his varied duties, which are not only useful for recruitment but also by helping explain NPT issues to the general public. We look forward to further, regular contributions.”

Chief Inspector Simon Whitehead who is responsible for Neighbourhood Policing in the Wakefield District said: “The web blog is an excellent way to communicate with people and hopefully increase understanding of what we are trying to achieve through the Neighbourhood Policing Teams. I’m delighted that Mark is sharing his experiences with the public.

“Neighbourhood Policing is 21st century community policing, pulling good practice and experience together, taking policing to the next level. It will change the way that West Yorkshire is policed, building on the success of reducing crime and increasing detections.” The NPT website was launched earlier this month, backed by a Forcewide publicity campaign.

Local residents can use their postcode to quickly locate their local NPT information page, and even subscribe for free automatic updates via email. This will be a very effective way for communities to find out at first hand what is happening in their area.

To find out more about Mark Dunkley and his duties click on the photo of him above.

High Court judges deride 'vague and unclear' Asbos
13:20pm 5th April 2006
The High Court has clamped down on anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) that are "vague and lack clarity".
Laying down guidelines for courts around the country, two senior judges warned that it was inappropriate to make orders that were too wide and simply prohibited individuals from "acting in an anti-social manner".

Both agreed that it was necessary to "carefully match prohibitions in an Asbo to the type of behaviour which it is necessary to prohibit".

The judges said official guidance on Asbos gave numerous examples of proper forms for orders and these should be adopted. They laid down their guidelines in a judgment on the case of a teenager referred to as "T", from Manchester, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The judges said the case provided "a particularly good example" of the need to make orders more specific.

The Crown Prosecution Service had appealed against a decision of District Judge Alan Berg at Manchester City Youth Court in September 2005 dismissing a charge that T, then aged 15, had breached an Asbo. He had been caught by CCTV apparently trying to take a motor scooter from a back garden.

T pleaded guilty to the criminal offence of interfering with a motor vehicle, contrary to the 1981 Criminal Attempts Act, and was given a 12-month supervision order, plus a month-long curfew with electronic tagging between the hours of 9pm and 7am.

But a charge of breaching the Asbo was dismissed by Judge Berg.
The district judge ruled that paragraph one of the Asbo - which he himself had made nearly two years earlier - was in such wide terms that it was "too vague, lacked clarity and was therefore unenforceable and void".

Paragraph one prohibited T from acting, or encouraging others to act, "in an anti-social manner in the city of Manchester" for a period of two years.

Lord Justice Richards said other paragraphs of the order were clearly tailored to fit T's individual case, but paragraph one remained "a problem".

It was argued on the teenager's behalf that its terms were not sufficiently clear to enable him "to know what he may do or not do".

But the CPS contended T's conduct was an "easily understood" breach of the Asbo because it clearly amounted to acting in an anti-social manner as defined by law.

The High Court judges said the district judge had not in law been entitled to strike down paragraph one of the Asbo on the grounds that it was invalid, even though it was too wide.

Disagreeing with an earlier High Court ruling, the judges said: "We do not accept that because an order is 'plainly too wide' it is also 'plainly invalid'." But they endorsed the district judge's "substantive concerns" about the terms of the Asbo and decided not to quash his decision.

classic members               (of 2005)


2005
*Mjollnir* - (AKA Thor-Dale Elsson) mjollnir

Aspiring PCSO - Currently working as a Community Safety Warden for Doncaster Council until his start date comes along after which time he'll probably post even more stuff on the forums as he'll have an opinion on everything then!

Mad Viking type, partly due to his name and ancestry and partly just due to him being mad!




*Claims to Fame:

*Youngest ever Hon Life Member of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RLFC -(the last one was Richard Harris the actor)

Won a BBC "Good Web Award" 2000 for Best Rugby League Website in 2000 - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RLFC again

Been on Sky Sports a couple of times

Famous in the Schools of Doncaster as "That Warden Bloke" [9.1.05]





Indy

My work role is of a Metropolitan Police PCSO within a London borough; I work on the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and it is great! I have been a PCSO for approx a year and a half. I applied to become a PCSO because I had, and still have a huge respect for the Police in general; The Police are the heroes of our time. Sankara secrets in here?

<< Indy's "Grail Diary"

My interests are:

Indiana Jones (I guess you worked that one out already); I have many Indiana Jones prop replicas on shelves and walls around my home, such as the Golden Fertility Idol from the begining of Raiders of the lost Ark, and the three Sankara Stones from the Temple of Doom, and one of my personal favorites: the Grail Diary from the Last Crusade. Raiders was the first film I ever saw when I was a child, and has stayed with me right up into adult hood; so if you see a PCSO in the street who is wearing a Felt hat, a leather jacket and a bull whip, then you know it's me, and there could be trouble behind me LOL.

I love music, films, ancient and religious artifacts, reading and learning about cultures in society (I am currently learning Hindi, Swahili and Arabic), I am a console gamming nut (I have almost killed my PS2 and my XBOX through over use!) I have a very strong interest in Police law too (funny that)! Last and not least; I enjoy posting and replying on the National-PCSOS Website Forum (What a great community of people)

Claims to fame:

There is a picture showing me in my uniform on this great website somewhere, and I am not saying where!

I met and shaked the hand of Ken Livingstone last year (I don't think he ever got over it LOL).

Ultimately: This is a great Website resource for all Police personnel. This site is Moderated by good people for good people. I hope to meet more of you great guys!

Kind regards,

Indy. [10.1.05]

     CA5

National-PCSOs Instructor and Supervisor

I am 38 years old married for the last 17 to a heart specialist.

Have two kids aged 11 and 6 girl and boy.

I have been in the police since Sept 1989.

I am a constable on front line patrol in Englands third busiest city and have done mainly uniformed work but 4 years CID and plain clothes late 90s early norties.

I love reading, cinema, cookery and computing ( this site takes up more and more time which I enjoy ).

At work I love tutoring but accept have been very lucky with those assigned to me 8 regulars only one griefy one, onto my 3rd special who I tutor in between the regulars... a diamond.

classic mod of 2005Out of 4 PCSOs I have tutored for the first 12 days or so 3 are now in the job( simple fact nothing else). I see the way forward for English police as a two tier police service, lets not beat around the bush.

People like me are here to train you up.

More personal info to finish, I have had the snip, can grow hair on my back and chest but not my head.

I am friendly and outgoing and think this is a cracking site very honest and open and feel privileged to moderate here.

I call a spade a spade.

Thanks everyone lets continue with as much sucess as the last 12 months.

Your friend Simon. [11.1.05]

2006
Strikes: This could just be the beginning
Strike action by local government workers which closed schools and disrupted services across West Norfolk on Tuesday could be the first in a long dispute, unions have warned.

Three Lynn schools closed, and rallies and picket lines were held across the borough, when thousands of union members joined the protest against Government plans to change their retirement age from 60 to 65.

Gaywood's Alderman Jackson and Fairstead's Ethel Tipple special schools were forced to close, along with Park High, after too many support staff – such as teaching assistants, caretakers, and dinner ladies – walked out for them to cope.

But despite fears, rubbish and recycling was collected as normal, as although industrial action was held at a depot shared with local government staff, waste contractors Serviceteam had moved bin lorries outside so as not to cross the picket line.

Also on strike were probation workers, as well as Lynn police staff, including crime scene investigators, custody assistants, community support officers and front desk staff.

A police spokesman said although contingency plans were in place to cater for potential disruption, the protests outside the station were peaceful and no services were affected.

Across Norfolk, lib-raries, leisure centres and adult social service day centres closed – but none did in the west of the county. The majority of workers on strike are members of Unison, Britain's largest union. Ten other unions took part, including the Transport and General Workers' Union, Amicus, and GMB, Britain's general union.

Union leaders have said they were pleased with the turnout of members, and the level of support from non-union workers, many of whom didn't go to work either as they refused to cross picket lines. Shaun Graham, West Norfolk's organiser for GMB, said one of its biggest turnouts was from school support staff.

"A lot of schools closed, so it goes to show it takes a lot more than teaching staff to run a school," he told the Lynn News. He said there are plans for further strike action, but it all hinges on whether Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott backs down on the proposed pensions change.

"He has already given nurses, civil servants and teachers protection against the changes, but not us. This is pushing towards a two-tiered pension scheme, which just isn't fair."

David Lambert, Unison's senior steward for Norfolk, said reports had showed the strike was well supported by members in Lynn and across the county. And he added: "There are talks about further strike action in May, although nothing has been confirmed at this stage."
31 March 2006

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27 March 2006
WALKOUT IS OUR LAST RESORT IN BATTLE FOR A FAIR DEAL
By Dave Prentis Head Of Unison
TOMORROW care workers, teaching assistants, refuse collectors, librarians, dinner ladies and hundreds of thousands of others will be on strike.

They will be among more than 1.4million people taking part in the biggest industrial action this country has seen since the 1926 General Strike.

What has made these dedicated workers - three quarters of them women in low paid jobs - so furious that they are prepared to lose pay, disrupt services and take to the picket line?

The answer is attacks on the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Their hard fought for pensions are under attack from the Tory-led Local Government Association and from a Government that is refusing to get its hands dirty and say: "Fair is fair, we will protect your pension rights."

Under existing rules, workers with 25 years service are allowed to retire at 60 with the pension they have saved up for.

But the employers want to tear up that deal, even though hundreds of thousands have paid six per cent of their earnings all their working lives on the back of that promise.

Unison will accept changes to the pension scheme in the future and we have proved that could save enough to protect the pensions of those already in the scheme. But to change the deal without agreement is wrong.

ANOTHER broken pensions promise. This is where fairness has gone out of the window.

The Government has quite rightly agreed to give protection of their promised retirement age and benefits to every other public sector worker from police, teachers, firefighters, health workers through to civil servants.

But they are leaving members of the Local Government Pension Scheme out in the cold.

Teachers will have their pensions protected but teaching assistants won't.

Police officers, but not scene of crime or community support officers will retire on their promised date and so it goes.

We will have a two-tier pension system that will lead to resentment against the Government and tetchy relations at work.

They don't want to strike - but how else can they draw attention to the fact they are being robbed of the secure future they paid for?

They need everyone's support. Tomorrow it could be your pension, pay and conditions, your future security at risk.

2006
Team works to clean up streets
By Gareth Bethell
the Broad Green area of Swindon A CLEAN-UP of the Broad Green area of Swindon uncovered racist graffiti, 50 drug users' needles and three tonnes of rubbish.

The joint council and police scheme aims to boost community spirit and inspire the people living there to keep up the good work.

The police and council workers hit the streets yesterday to tackle issues such as graffiti, abandoned cars and litter. The idea was also to reduce the fear of crime and make people feel safer in their homes.

Seventeen shopping trolleys were also recovered and, as well as the three tonnes of fly-tipping, 21 black bags of rubbish were filled. In total 170 sites were cleaned of graffiti, including three which were racist.

Cheri Wright from Swindon Council's crime and disorder team, said: "The results of this day speak for themselves in terms of the fact that all the agencies involved worked really hard to make the place look and feel a lot safer. "I would urge the community to maintain this and make a stand against this sort of crime to make it a safer place to live."

Twenty-three council tenants have been given written warnings about the state of their properties. And four people face council punishment after their details were found in dumped rubbish.

Police officers were positioned along County Road to scan vehicles' number plates, using equipment linked to the police national computer and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency records.

They issued nine notices requiring drivers to take their licence and insurance to their nearest police station within seven days, four fixed penalty notices and four notices for vehicle defects.

A Golf car was also seized because the driver had no insurance.

PC Matt Barnett, of Swindon police, said: "We have had an increase in staff in this area and this is a good platform to launch that from.
"Four new community support officers were there making themselves known to the locals.

"Hopefully, we have shown the community that we are willing to help them as well as police them."

Coun Sinead Darker (Con, Central) and her husband, Coun David Wren (Con, Dorcan) helped with the clean-up. She said: "It just helps people feel happy about living here and proud of their community.
"This is a very close community but the odd person here and there shows no regard for others.
"We came out to help in response to complaints from the residents about the state of the area. We were working collecting rubbish and we were stopped by so many residents who were pleased with what we were doing."

9:56am Friday 24th March 2006

2006
Ian Blair - more sinned against
Sunday March 19, 2006
The Observer
Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Britain's top police officer, is under siege. Last week, it was for taping conversations with the Attorney General without his knowledge, for which he made a grovelling public apology. In January, it was for insensitively contrasting press coverage of the Soham murders with less-reported murders of ethnic minorities to illustrate his case that the media have an institutionally racist bias. For this, too, he had to apologise.

But the most important criticism on the charge sheet is an alleged lack of honesty over the shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes after the failed 21 July terrorist attacks. Although the Metropolitan Police are said to have known within six hours that the wrong man had been shot, Sir Ian insisted publicly for some days that they had not.

It is clear that the commissioner is occasionally unlucky and sometimes guilty of clumsy language. But it is also clear that he is the victim of a campaign of leaks aimed at forcing his resignation. His radical rethinking of how London should be policed - neighbourhood policing, recruiting more energetically from ethnic minorities, community support officers - is not popular with everyone.

Yet, as we report today, the best evidence is that Sir Ian did tell the story of the de Menezes murder as he knew it. Equally, the media do give more prominence to the murders of white people. Taping a key conversation with the Attorney General was prudent (the offence was not telling him).

If Sir Ian were forced to resign, the cause of police reform would be set back a generation. Sir Ian has made mistakes, but he has got far more right than wrong, and the campaign against him is reactionary and invidious.

2006
Extra patrols to cut street crime
Welcome decision to recruit more police support officers
Andrew Robinson

THE fight against crime and antisocial behaviour in Leeds suburbs is being stepped up with the recruitment of another 33 civilian street patrollers.

Every electoral ward in Leeds will get an extra Police Community Support Officer – bringing the total to 231 – thanks to £100,000 each from Leeds Council and West Yorkshire Police.

Every ward in the city should soon have a minimum of three PCSOs. The decision to recruit more officers to cover the 33 wards has been welcomed by local councillors.

Coun Richard Brett, who is also a member of West Yorkshire Police Authority, said it was clear that Leeds residents wanted more front-line officers on the streets.

The Liberal Democrat councillor for Burmantofts and Richmond Hill said: "The extra PCSOs that the Liberal Democrat, Green and Conservative administration provided last year have been well received right across Leeds. Time and time again people tell us that they want a visible police presence in their neighbourhoods, so we are happy to be able to help the police out by providing funding for more PCSOs."

Crime figures show that theft from vehicles, theft of vehicles and house burglaries have fallen since the PCSOs were brought in in 2004.

Council leader Conservative Coun Andrew Carter said visible policing had a proven record in reducing crime.
"Visible policing on the streets working with the community reduces crime. The extra police officers will help in the fight against anti-social behaviour on the streets of Leeds.
"We made a firm commitment in Leeds in 2004 that if elected we would put a fight against crime and anti-social behaviour at the top of the agenda. This is a firm commitment we are sticking to." Tory Coun Les Carter, the executive board member responsible for neighbourhoods and housing, said: "I am sure that these PCSOs, along with West Yorkshire Police officers, will make walking in Leeds feel safer."

He said every area of Leeds deserved visible policing.

The number of PCSOs across West Yorkshire currently stands at 480 but by 2008 there could be more than 1,000. The Government has said it will pay to increase the county's present PCSO strength to 1,074 by March 2008, but only if a quarter of the cost can be locally funded.

Currently the Government pays the full cost of West Yorkshire's 480 PCSOs in their first year of service, but reduces its input to three-quarters of the costs in subsequent years.

Public feedback to West Yorkshire Police Authority suggests that the public is pleased with the work of PCSOs. In January the Home Office was also forced to admit that the introduction of police community support officers had not had any impact at all on crime levels or anti-social behaviour.
Official Home Office researchers reported that they had found "no evidence" that PCSOs had helped reduce crime rates, but said the patrols were valued by the public and seen as more accessible than police officers.
andrew.robinson@ypn.co.uk           03 March 2006

Police support officers 'alone and isolated'           Feb 27 2006
By Roland Hughes, Daily Post
COMMUNITY officers are left to patrol on their own miles from colleagues and may never talk to North Wales police's control room during a shift, a new report claims.

Senior cops are failing to give the police community support officers (PCSOs) proper tasks, leaving the civilian workers unsure of their roles.

Despite being the force's eyes and ears on the ground, they are not sending back enough tip-offs about potential crimes. Now their contribution needs to be monitored "urgently" North Wales Police Authority will be told on Wednesday.

The force is also failing to praise the work of unpaid special constables, leaving North Wales facing a shortage of the volunteer officers. An inspection of the force's Western division found there were "key processes [that] need addressing urgently".

PCSOs work alongside beat staff but are paid much less.

The report comes only a month after union claims the officers felt "totally undervalued, demoralised and angry" by pay cuts.

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2006
Police support officers' pay is slashed
By Emma Hutchings
New police community support officers joining Hertfordshire Constabulary from April will be paid nearly £4,000 less than they are now, despite their widely heralded role in tackling crime.

Hertfordshire Constabulary are making the cut because they have been overpaying PCSOs since becoming one of the first police forces to introduce them in 2004.

Although Hertsmere's existing 15 PCSOs will not take an immediate salary cut, they will no longer receive pay rises until their salary is equal to that of new recruits, who will receive a slashed salary of £16,776, instead of £20,214.

This has sparked concern that potential recruits will be put off at a time when the constabulary has announced a desire to double the number of PCSOs on the beat by 2008. The move also comes despite PCSOs recently being given more power to detain suspects. Colin Connolly, head of communications at Hertfordshire Constabulary, says the cut follows Home Office research which showed that PCSOs elsewhere in the country were paid less.

"This no way reflects upon the quality and success of PCSOs in Hertfordshire," he said. "But we basically graded it wrong at the beginning.
"As one of the first forces in the country to adopt PCSOs, the constabulary did make assumptions about their role, which have not been borne out either locally or nationally.
"Hertfordshire pays the highest in the country. Now, the role profile has been reassessed by an independent pay panel but they will still be one of the highest in the country."

He reassured existing PCSOs uniformed civilians who carry out patrols to support police that their salaries would be protected at the current level for the first 12 months, and pay awards which were due will be paid. Thereafter, no pay rises will be paid until salaries fall into line with the new rates in three to four years' time.

Morris Bright, chairman of Hertsmere Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership said: "The police have their reasons as to why this effective pay cut should take place. However, I do hope that this will not discourage those who would wish to come forward to become a PCSO.

"Whilst the police have to ensure that public money is being spent sensibly, that must be balanced against the impact on this scheme.
"We must all work together to ensure the continued case is made for the PCSO scheme in which we in Hertsmere have led the way over the last three years."

Borehamwood PCSO Marie Taylor said: "I'm not very happy about it really and I don't think anyone is. "But I think it's all been justified and finalised and there's nothing we can do about it."

1:06pm Friday 24th February 2006

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Essex police officers back on the street
10 March 2006 | 10:45C.C BAKER in 2006
MORE than 200 officers are being returned to front line duties with Essex Police after the appointment of Chief Constable Roger Baker, the force has claimed.

And the extra officers - 220 of whom will be on duty by the end of the month - have all been found within existing resources, it was announced yesterday.

The first 25 officers were put back on the beat in August 2005, just one month after Mr Baker started work with Essex Police.

And now extra cash - generated by a rise in the force's share of council tax - will be used primarily on recruiting more police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Essex Police Authority has just set its council tax precept with a rise for most council taxpayers of 12p a week.

Increasing visible policing is one of Essex Police and Essex Police Authority's stated main policing priorities. Mr Baker said: “We want to adopt a new policing style in Essex, where everyone can expect the same high standard of service.

“This style means an increased presence of both sworn officers, special constables and PCSOs on our streets providing reassurance to the communities we serve.
“We are committed to reducing crime, nuisance and disorder. We will bring down the fear of crime, increase detection and arrest rates.
“We believe that increasing officers on the streets is the best way of achieving this.”

Chairman of the Essex Police Authority, Robert Chambers, said: “The authority is committed to ensuring visible policing is increased in Essex, and I am delighted we have been able to release these officers on to the front line.
“This is just the beginning. We will continually look at ways to introduce even more officers on the streets.
“This is what the public have told us they want and we will deliver it.”

Mr Baker has also achieved many other changes in Essex Police, including: Force restructuring - restructuring the police service in Essex to five divisions has enabled Mr Baker to deliver more officers to the front line.

Extending the opening hours of police stations - The first phase was implemented in October and work is continually being done to identify longer opening hours for police stations county-wide.

Attending every reported crime - Mr Baker has ensured that his police officers attend every reported crime. This drive started in summer 2005 and will be a permanent way of doing business.

Improved face to face contact - Mr Baker has encouraged staff to communicate with people face to face. One of the ways he has done this is by asking staff to cut down on the amount of emails sent internally.

jump to next page Increasing arrest rates and driving down crime - Operation Days of Action was launched in July, with a target for officers to make hundreds of additional arrests.

Neighbourhood Policing - The force intends to roll out the first six Neighbourhood Policing teams by March 31, 2006, with a further 140 teams to be introduced across Essex by July 2006. The aim of Neighbourhood Policing is to have the right people, in the right places, in the right numbers, tackling crime nuisance and disorder to make Essex safer.

Recruitment - Since Mr Baker started in his role with Essex police he has recruited an additional 120 special constables and has ensured that the force will recruit an additional 133 PCSOs in 2006.

Reintroducing motorbikes - Re-establishing the motorcycle unit will enable more efficient and effective patrols in the county, it is claimed.

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