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select for full story Two new police community support officers have joined the Newark area Safer Neighbourhood teams.

By Kayley Worsley
23/10/2009
Lauren Astle (19) covers Balderton and Fernwood and, from next month, Emily Bloomer (24) will patrol the Hawtonville area.

Lauren Astle, who was educated in Newark, completed her training this summer.

She started on the beat in Newark in September and has since moved across to Balderton, where she will work alongside community support officer Will Robson.

PCSO Astle said: “My father is an inspector in the police and I always saw myself in the job because I like working with the public and am looking forward to making a difference in the community.”

She hoped it would be a stepping stone for her to become a police officer, and said that residents in Balderton had already started to notice the community support officers on the streets more.

Emily Bloomer, who has just completed a degree in criminology at Lincoln University, is currently training and will move from Newark’s Bridge ward to Hawtonville once her training is complete.

She said: “I love being around the public and helping with community needs.”


9:30am Friday 23rd October 2009
By Helen Orrell
ESSEX Police have defended their decision to appoint an officer who, according to his barrister, has special needs.
select for full story Police Community Support Officer Daniel Le Moine, 22, has been suspended from his post after he was convicted of deliberately deceiving colleagues.

During the trial, the court heard Le Moine had an IQ of just 84, relied heavily on his mother to help him out with letters, struggled to read and had memory problems.

Now, Essex Police have defended the decision to appoint him and the requirements for service as a PCSO.

Roger Grimwade, a police spokesman, said there were no formal educational requirements, but applicants must satisfy an entry procedure.

He said: “There is a recruitment and selection process, which all our staff go through, and he was obviously successful in that process.

“They are also on a period of probation.

“We also have facilities to assist any of our staff who might have any disabilities or requirements.

“There is no control over what defence barristers say, and what is put forward in mitigation does not necessarily stand up to the test.

“We would not review our procedures or requirements in the light of this case.”

On Tuesday, a jury unanimously found Le Moine guilty of using an insurance certificate with intent to deceive.

The 22-year-old of Buckfast Avenue, Kirby Cross, was involved in a car crash in February 2008 when he was driving without insurance.

He told police he was insured and took an insurance certificate to a police station which he knew was invalid, the court found.


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Postive PCSO Experience Following Channel Four's Dispatches

23/9/09
Channel Four's Dispatches programme last night featured the role of Police Community Support Officers and the value of their role within the police service and also the communities they serve.

In Northamptonshire, our experience of PCSOs is very positive. select for full story

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Derek Talbot stated:

“Police Community Support Officers are valuable members of the extended policing family, providing visibility and reassurance to local communities.

“In Northamptonshire they have the full support of police and partners and are extremely highly regarded by members of the public for the work they do as part of our 41 Safer Community Teams countywide. “It is my firm belief that the advent of the PCSO has been a huge bonus and positive influence on public confidence. Integral to neighbourhood policing, and with funding from the County Council, it is hard and unthinkable to consider the police family without the PCSO.

“The public feedback has been spectacularly positive and the work PCSOs do enables police officers to get on with their job of responding to and detecting crimes.

“The way we manage and deploy PCSOS takes full account of policing large rural and urban communities which have different and unique sets of needs.

“The primary role of Police Community Support Officers is to engage with residents of local communities and they are doing this admirably across the county.”

Debbie Roe, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Police Authority, added:

"On my travels across the county I hear nothing but good things about our PCSOs and the work that they do.

"People keep telling us they want to see a uniformed presence on their streets. PCSOs help provide that and perform a valuable supporting role to police officers within our Safer Community Teams."

Her views were echoed by Maurice Rennie, UNISON branch secretary, who said:

"PCSOs are now accepted as an integral part of the wider Police Family. They have been well received by our customer, the general public, and are seen by the Police Authority as a huge step forward in contributing to the reduction of crime in their areas and the resulting increase in public confidence.

"Unison has always been supportive of this role and are at the forefront in looking after their best interests. PCSOs do what it says on the tin, they are part of the police service and contribute greatly to serving the community."

Norman Bareham, a PCSO serving the south of the county, added:

"The role of the PCSO has been the subject of much controversy and speculation. It has been widely criticised as being ‘policing on the cheap’ and ineffective in dealing with crime.

"While in the early days there was some confusion about the exact purpose of PCSOs and their powers, there is now a clearly-defined role which is balanced between assisting police officer colleagues and working in the community on locally-identified priorities.

"The public have complained for a long time that they do not see officers on the beat, that they do not know who their local officers are and are unsure how to contact them.

"PCSOs have provided an effective solution to these problems as well as being able to offer reassurance and advice on policing issues.

"The role is still developing and will no doubt continue to evolve. PCSOs are committed to serving their communities, regardless of the criticism they face, and are well received by the people they serve.

"While police officers are completing paperwork or dealing with prisoners, the PCSO will maintain a visible presence on the street providing public reassurance and interacting with the community."

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Sep 20 2009
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) should be given more power to fight crime without having "one arm tied behind their backs", the union Unison has said.

Three in four PCSOs (74%) believe they lack adequate powers to do their job properly, according to a survey carried out by trade unions for Monday night's Channel 4 programme Dispatches.

A Unison spokeswoman said: "In order to protect their local communities, they need powers to detain (for 30 minutes) and the power to issue penalty notices for disorder, but these are given only at the discretion of their Chief Constable."

More than four in five (84%) have been verbally assaulted while 46% have been poorly treated by police officers, the survey found.

Ben Priestley, Unison's national officer for the PCSOs, said: "Don't criticise Police Community Support Officers who are being asked to fight crime and anti-social behaviour with one arm tied behind their backs. The Government needs to give them the powers they need to get on with the job.

"Giving PCSOs different powers in different forces makes no sense when they are all doing the same job - it only serves to confuse the public.

"PCSOs are not a con, they are not substitute police officers and they are not policing on the cheap. Most importantly, they should not be stopped from doing a much-needed job, by the old fashioned attitude of conservative minded critics both inside and outside the service.

"PCSOs are a success story - the public like them and they have transformed neighbourhood policing. They carry out a lot of duties that took up valuable police officer time, leaving them free to get on with the job of tackling serious crime.

"PCSOs are here to stay - it's time to cut the carping and find ways for them to work together with police officers, towards the common goal of protecting the public from crime."


select for full story Brave officer confronts samurai sword mob

7:30pm Tuesday 25th August 2009
By Richard Purdon

A POLICE Community Support Officer from Yeovil has been thanked for his bravery after confronting a group armed with weapons including a samurai sword.

PCSO Adam Goff was promoting the Neigbourhood Watch Scheme at an event held by the Westfield Community Association in Stiby Road at around 2pm on Monday, August 17, when a fight broke out across the road.

Seeing a group of about six men involved in a brawl, PCSO Goff went across the street to see if he could control the situation.

One of the men was holding a samurai sword that PCSO Goff managed to recover from the situation, which he then kept under control as he waited for backup to arrive.

Despite what police describe as 'other weapons' being involved, the men sustained only minor injuries.

Three men were arrested and subsequently bailed as part of an ongoing investigation.

Members of Westfield Community Association who witnessed the incident praised PCSO Goff for his actions.

A spokesman said: “We believe this is an isolated incident and related to an earlier dispute between a very few residents in Stiby Road.

“We are working closely with Westfield Community Association and other community groups to ensure the safety of the public is maintained.”

Officers added that patrols in the area would be stepped up to reassure the public.

Anyone with information relating to the events is urged to contact Yeovil police on 0845-4567000.


Plastic bobbies now used to pick up litter

By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor
Published: 5:47PM BST 26 Aug 2009
Kent Police diverted two PCSOs, who are paid for by the taxpayer, to clear streets – in an area where car crime alone has increased by 11 per cent.

Rank and file police leaders said the move was a “gimmick” and that policing had “lost the plot”.

And local residents said it should be criminals collecting litter while PCSOs, who can earn £20,000 a year, focus on tackling crime.

It is the latest embarrassment for community officers, who have been dubbed “plastic bobbies” since David Blunkett introduced them as Home Secretary in 2002.

Armed with litter-pickers and black bin bags, PCSOs James Bateman and Margaret Rose took to the streets of Lordswood, in Chatham, Kent, to clear up sweet wrappers and crisp packets.


Northamptonshire Police will once again be taking part in the highly successful Helmet Watch scheme.

Last year Police Community Support Officers in Northamptonshire handed out hundred of Helmet Watch prize envelopes to youngsters who were spotted wearing a cycle helmet.

This summer, thanks to The Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, a charity that helps to reduce the number of children who are killed and injured every year in cycling accidents in the UK, more youngsters aged between three and 15 will get a prize if they are seen wearing a helmet.

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They will each receive an on-the-spot prize, a bookmark on how to fit a helmet correctly and an information card for parents and a prize draw card to win one of the bigger regional prizes. Last year three youngsters from Northern Ireland picked up prizes in the big draw. Sergeant Wendy Barron from Northamptonshire Police, said: “The Force is delighted to be involved in Helmet Watch for the second year running, it is a great way of rewarding young people who wear a cycle helmet.

“A number of children are teased or even bullied for wearing a helmet and this scheme encourages every youngster to wear one.

“Cycling is great fun, it’s good for the environment and an excellent way to keep fit but there are risks involved.

“Head injury is the biggest single cause of death and serious injury amongst young cyclists and wearing a helmet helps to minimise the risk of brain injury. A helmet is a proven piece of safety equipment.”


Mobile police base helps trace missing toddler
4:40pm Tuesday 25th August 2009
By Richard Vernalls

A MOBILE police base which is visiting rural areas in south Worcestershire has had its first major success after officers helped trace a missing four-year-old.

select for full story The young boy was reported missing in Kemerton on the Worcestershire and Gloucestershire border during the base’s first visit to the village.

He was found safe and well within minutes, after relatives had raised the alarm.

Officers had only been in the village showing residents the new services the police station would offer, but in the event were able to alert police dog handlers and the police helicopter.

PC Gary Shepheard, who was leading the drop-in session at the base, sent his two community support officers to help in the search and they turned up with the youngster a short while later.

PC Shepheard said: “We were expecting only to be explaining the new service to local residents and dealing with any of their concerns at the PACT (partners and communities together) surgeries.

“We did that, but fortunately we were also ideally placed to do much more and get quickly and closely involved in helping to speedily locate the little boy who was reported to us as missing.”

The new mobile base will be visiting both rural communities and Worcester suburbs in West Mercia Police’s south Worcestershire division, in a bid to make rural policing more visible.

Supt Garry Higgins, deputy divisional commander, said: “Providing a combined mobile police station and PACT surgery for outlying rural areas is in direct response to what the community consistently tells us it wants – a greater local police presence and a local facility where they can highlight their concerns.”


select for full story Friday, 14 August 2009

WORKINGTON PCSO Steven Brown has been given an award for tackling anti-social behaviour.

The officer, who joined the force in January 2008, has been named police community support officer of the year for West Cumbria by Cumbria police for his work in Stainburn, Clifton and Bridgefoot.

In his nomination, Inspector Mark Wear said: “To resolve the issue of disorder Steven targeted patrols towards the area, he encouraged police officers to carry out covert patrols and after identifying who the youths were he began to work with local schools to educate local youths about the wider issues and consequences of being involved in anti-social behaviour.”

PCSO Brown set up an Off the Streets scheme providing a five-a-side football competition, mountain biking and sports activities at Stainburn School. He set up clinics at the school where he worked with children on educational activities.

Insp Wear added: “He realised that the main issue was caused by a lack of facilities and activities for local youths to get involved in. Steven was determined to resolve this issue and has worked with numerous organisations to improve this situation.”

He added that he had also worked with residents in the area, which had led him to identify an elderly cancer sufferer whose garage was repeatedly damaged by youths, costing hundreds of pounds to repair.

The officer’s efforts had helped restore his and his wife’s quality of life.

PCSO Brown said: “I am pleased with the award. I only do it for the kids and giving them something to do.

“The kids are great. They are not yobs. It is not the same as the public perception of them. We arranged to do some after-school activities and they have loved it.

“I would like to thank PCSO Joanne Phillip for her support with local projects, PC Yvonne Benson for giving me the support and confidence, and Inspector Mark Wear for his support over the past few months.

“I also want to thank Tracey Parker and Stella Howarth from the Allerdale Disability Association because they have helped me a lot and made me feel welcome.”


Weymouth PCSO Ade Walker comes to aid of walker

select for full story Saturday 8th August 2009

By Diarmuid MacDonagh

RUNNER Ade Walker was forced to hit the brakes to answer the call of duty on a gruelling race through Weymouth.

The Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) came to the rescue of a man who collapsed and feared he had broken his ankle on the Rodwell Trail.

He called 999 and made sure the casualty was okay before rejoining the gruelling 78.6-mile ‘Oner’ race – and still managed to finish 11th out of 40.

Mr Walker said: “There was an old guy who had gone over on his ankle.

“He said he had broken it but I think he had just sprained it.

“We carried him up to the Nothe and called an ambulance.”

The Oner 2009 event is the equivalent of three marathons. Mr Walker finished it in 21 hours and seven minutes.

The race started in Lyme Regis and followed the Dorset coastal path, along Chesil Beach and to Studland Bay.

There were check points every 10 miles, and runners who failed to reach each one on time were eliminated.

Mr Walker has raised more than £100 for Cancer Research so far. He picked the charity as two work colleagues have battled cancer.

He said he hoped to finish a lot higher next year, possibly in the top five – barring any incidents.

He added: “Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far.”

Mr Walker also recently took part in the Three Peaks Challenge with police officers from Weymouth.


There is always a price to pay for rising crime rates and an over-stretched police force.
7 AUG 09

select for full story But rarely is it so clear what that cost is. Residents of an affluent suburb in Southampton have decided to pay £3.15 a week to fund a private security force to patrol the streets.

Hundreds of residents who have 'lost faith in the police force' have clubbed together to hire the private team of uniformed officers to protect them from crime in the area.

At your service: Atraks owner Dave MacLean (right) with colleague Marvin Olszewski, as they patrol the streets of Southampton. They were hired privately by residents in fear of crime

Security firm Atraks says its team will use the powers of citizen arrest as they patrol the leafy streets of Upper Shirley to 'prevent serious crime' and 'neutralise' threats. Eight uniformed officers equipped with handcuffs and stab vests will even escort homeowners to and from the bank or on shopping trips to ensure they are not mugged.

So far 337 people have signed up in the neighbourhood while a further 1,700 have said they will join once they see the service in action.

The Atraks service - which is being tried out for free - costs £3.15 a week or residents can make an annual, one-off payment of £163.80.

Atraks needs 500 people to sign up to the scheme within a three-square-mile area for it to go ahead full time.


select for full story Neston's PCSO Simpson is on the move

Published: 7th August 2009

PCSO James Simpson has been working in the Neston area for some two and a half years and has been an effective and popular member of the CAT. Now his application to become a full Police Constable has been accepted and he starts his formal training later this month.

James will leave Neston on the 16th August for an initial six weeks training at Winsford. This will be followed by a further 37 weeks training in Padgate, Warrington before he commences his probationary duties within the Northern area.

Sgt Paul Bluck of Neston Police said this week: " We would like to wish him all the best in his future career as a Police Officer.

"Over the past two years he has made many friends within the area . We will be sorry to see him go."



select for full story Brighton PCSO on the beat with bandstand dancers

7:00am Friday 7th August 2009

By Ruth Lumley

Brass bands and pensioners in deckchairs are the stereotypical images associated with a bandstand.

But toe tapping of a different kind drew in the crowds to Brighton's newly refurbished Victorian bandstand.

Salsa teacher Patricia de Souza asked Brighton and Hove City Council for permission to use the bandstand for a salsa night, which not only proved popular with her students and passers-by but also twinkle-toed police community support officer Alena Martauzova.

Ms de Souza, 45, said: “I had been wanting to do some sort of dancing out in the open air on Brighton beach because I thought it would be a good location and several of my students and salsa dancer friends said they wished someone would organise it.

“I thought the bandstand would be a fantastic venue. I got in contact with the council to make sure it was ok to use it and they said it was.”

Ms de Souza, of Hertford Road, Brighton, teaches salsa every week at the Park View pub in Preston Drove, Brighton and is hoping to carry on with the bandstand salsa every Wednesday during the summer if the weather is good.

On Wednesday, about 50 people turned up between 7pm and 11pm to dance to the music and watch the sun set over the sea.

Ms de Souza said: “A lot of people walking past came and joined in. Most of the people who turned up are all dancers but if there are enough people then I am happy to do a crash course in salsa in the future. There won't be any formal lessons unless there's a call for it.”

She said the bandstand, which reopened last month for the first time in 35 years, is a great space to dance on with a tiled floor which makes it easier for people to move around.

She said: “The weather was absolutely glorious so people just wanted to stay.

“It's absolutely fantastic to dance on. There was a little bit of a breeze and the views were beautiful. A lot of people were taking photographs.

“At about 9pm the bandstand lit up which meant we could carry on. The atmosphere was fantastic.”


Published Date: 07 August 2009
An effort to step up community policing in Northampton will see two traditional police boxes reopen in the town.
Northampton Chronicle

Support officers from the Abington and Weston safer community team are now to start and end their shifts in Abington Park instead of at Weston Favell police station, following a perceived rise in crime in the area after the scrapping of park wardens. select for full story Meanwhile, the old police box in Rectory Farm will again be used by PCSOs, following the success of a similar project in Duston.

Sgt Steve Bedford, from the Abington and Weston SCT, said the move would help increase the public's access to the force in the park, which residents complain has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour – two playground trains have been destroyed by arsonists while only last month, joggers had to chase a man who had allegedly attempted to rape a woman.

He said: "We have decided to reopen the box for the summer to give our PCSOs a base out in the area they serve.

"The box has been cleaned up and a computer system installed to allow the officers to complete their work in the box rather than having to come to Weston Favell Police Station at the start and end of each shift."

He added a review would be carried out in autumn to decide whether to permanently reopen the box, which will be based at the corner of Wellingborough Road and Abington Park South.

Renovations have also been carried out at the Rectory Farm box, which is located at Rectory Farm House in Olden Road.

PCSO Michael Harrison, from the Thorplands and Lumbertubs SCT, said: "Like the Abington Park box, the Rectory Farm one will see PCSOs starting and ending their shifts at the box.

"We will also be holding regular residents and Neighbourhood Watch meetings at the box, as well as our regular police surgeries on the last Thursday of each month, between 4pm and 6pm"


select to ZOOM 2009 "PCSO of the Year" from Westminster
MET POLICE UK | July 2009

A Westminster Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been nominated for a national policing award for her tireless work with the homeless community in central London.

PCSO Julie Newton, from the borough’s Strand and Whitehall Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) has been selected as the Met’s PCSO of the Year and will be up against PCSO’s from around the country at the annual Jane’s Police Review Awards in October.

The PCSO of the Year Award recognises the invaluable contribution that police community support officers are making to neighbourhood policing through visible patrol and community reassurance. Since joining the Safer Neighbourhoods Team at Westminster, Julie has made an impact in Westminster for her with homeless people and responding to the wider impact on the community.

Julie worked closely with a hostel for the homeless in Victoria, bringing together a joint action group of residents, police, local council and representatives from local businesses to develop a common agenda and develop a better understanding between each of the groups and attends drop-in groups to offer help and advice to the homeless.

She worked with local businesses to obtain DVDs, bikes and books for the hostel and nominated residents for a ready for work programme to get them back into employment. Julie secured personal attack alarms for the women at the hostel and delivered personal safety talks as well as instigating a scheme in conjunction with the local council and Westminster Homeless Unit to issue travel warrants to members of the homeless community who wish to return home.

As well as this she has also worked to secure funding for three operations to tackle street drinking and worked with licensees to address the knock-on effect street drinking was having on their businesses.

Sgt Nikki Clarke, Strand and Whitehall SNT, said: “Julie is a credit to us, giving up her own time to attend meetings and offer her support. Through her dedication Julie has brought different parts of the community together and in doing so has increased the community’s confidence and helped to reduce crime in the area. She is an exceptional example of a community support officer and thoroughly deserves to be PCSO of the Year.”

Julie will represent the MPS at the national awards, which will be held on 28 October at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel. She will receive her award from the Commissioner on 14 October.


July 04, 2009, 07:00
thisISbristol
CRIME fighting in Bristol has been boosted by an extra 40 police community support officers patrolling the streets.
The new staff – who work alongside regular police officers in neighbourhood teams – have been recruited thanks to £1.2 million from Bristol City Council. This increases the number of PCSOs in the city by a third, to 132.

Avon and Somerset's Assistant Chief Constable John Long said: "Having 40 new PCSOs will enable us to have a more visible presence on the streets and to provide a better service to the people of Bristol."

Although PCSOs do not have the power of arrest, they have become very important in providing intelligence on crimes and a link to the community.

Mr Long added: "PCSOs are an important resource.

"Their work improves the quality of life at grass roots level and their visibility offers greater public reassurance.

"I applaud Bristol City Council for providing us with the funding for this additional resource and I believe it clearly demonstrates their commitment to making Bristol a safer city."

The extra officers are based across the city and its suburbs and start work this month.

Councillor Gary Hopkins, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: "This extra council funding to radically increase the number of PCSOs across the city, demonstrates our commitment to work with the other Safer Bristol partners to make Bristol a safer city."


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16/06/2009
Thanks to a sharp-eyed Police Community Support Officer, a Wickwar man can enjoy the summer in his garden.
Read the press release from Avon & Somerset Police

The man had reported a distinctive garden table and chairs as stolen from his home on Wednesday June 03 2009.

Neighbourhood PCSO Haley Harrison was in the village with colleagues on Saturday June 06 2009 when she spotted a garden set very similar to the missing furniture.

The quick-thinking officer took photos of the furniture and called on the theft victim who confirmed it was his.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested and dealt with through Restorative Justice as the furniture was returned to the rightful owner that Saturday.



SAM EMANUEL
15 June 2009 13:00
They battled to bring a car crash victim back to life after his heart stopped and now two heroic police officers will be honoured for their efforts.
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In November, Bowthorpe PCSOs Christian Petraglia and Donna Mingaye saved the life of Peter Sutton who had a heart attack while driving in Costessey and crashed into another car before careering into thick undergrowth.

The PCSOs, who were on routine patrol, arrived at the scene just minutes after the crash had happened, and found the driver of the other car, who was a doctor, trying to resuscitate Mr Sutton at the side of the road.

Mr Petraglia, a father-of-three who was a medic in the US Navy for 10 years before becoming a PCSO, took over the chest compressions for around half an hour while the doctor attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the crash victim.

They carried this on until the paramedics arrived and the Hill man was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he was eventually given the all-clear

In recognition of their efforts, both PCSOs will soon be presented with Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificates, and have received the personal praise of Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the society, who said: “But for the swift action of these two officers and their dogged determination not to let him die, I very much doubt whether Mr Sutton would be with us today.” select for full story

Commenting on his efforts, Mr Petraglia, 34, said: “The gentleman who had started the CPR was getting exhausted so I went in and took over. Donna got extra police units out, called an ambulance and kept checking on me to make sure I was ok.

“He had no heart rhythm and when the ambulance arrived with the defibrillators there was no rhythm for it to shock - it wasn't registering as him having a heartbeat.

“The doctor was telling me to continue the CPR so I did that. I've always learnt to expect the unexpected, but I did not expect this.

“When I found out he had survived a few weeks later, I couldn't believe it.”

Do you of anyone who has recently saved someone's life? Call reporter Sam Emanuel on 01603 772438 or email sam.emanuel@archant.co.uk.


Aylesbury Vale police officers named community officers of the year for Bucksselect for full story
Published Date: 19 May 2009
A Neighbourhood Specialist Officer based in Waddesdon and a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) based in Buckingham have been named among Thames Valley Police's community officers of the year.

PCSO Wendy Taylor has been named PCSO of the year in Buckinghamshire for the launch of an initiative she set up to help tackle anti-social behaviour. She organised an event for young people in the local area and surrounding villages to show them what activities and careers were available to them. The event was attended by more than 50 companies and organisations.

Ch/Supt Paul Tinnion, Buckinghamshire Police Commander, said: "Both Gareth and Wendy should feel very proud of their outstanding achievements and the excellent relationships they have built with the people in their neighbourhood. The award winners are voted for by the community and other team members, which recognises the hard work that both Gareth and Wendy have carried out to make Buckinghamshire safer."

The runner up in the PCSO of the year award for Buckinghamshire is also an Aylesbury Vale officer. PCSO Clare Harrison, based in the Elm Farm and Mandeville neighbourhood, was recognised for her hard work and dedication to the neighbourhood with the introduction of a tag rugby initiative for local children last summer.


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Man charged over attack on police officer and PCSOs
Monday, May 18, 2009, thisISnottingham
A 30-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with assaulting two police community support officers and a police officer in Bulwell.

Scott Hodgkinson is said to have approached two PCSOs, as they patrolled near Bulwell Forest Golf Course around 5pm, last Thursday.

It is alleged he hit both the PCSOs with a chain, which left one PCSO with cuts and bruises on his face and the other with a hand injury.

A short time later Hodgkinson is alleged to have struck a police officer with a small sword. The officer was left with a cut hand.

Moments later it is alleged Hodgkinson entered a business on Cowlairs Industrial Estate, off Hucknall Road, Top Valley and damaged electrical equipment.

Hodgkinson of Highbury Road, Bulwell, has been charged with two counts of wounding, one count of actual bodily harm, three counts of possession of an offensive weapon and one count of criminal damage.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Nottingham Crown Court on a date to be set. Witnesses should call 0115 967 0999 and ask for DS Justine Wilson on ext 4536.


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