|Police community support officer Matthew Clark, left, and Pc Dennis Bateman, right, are to be commended by the Royal Humane Society for their bravery in rescuing a drowning woman from a freezing cold River Derwent.|
Ex-serviceman Matthew Clark, who served in Afghanistan with the 2 Mercian battalion, braved freezing waters to drag the unconscious woman from the swollen river in Derby.
At one point, the strong current caused by last winter's heavy rains nearly pulled him under but he was helped to safety by two police colleagues.
Now his efforts, along with those of his two fellow officers, are to be recognised by the Royal Humane Society.
Sergeant Nick Allgood, who was also at the rescue, said: "There was a real risk that Matt could have lost his life. When I saw him go in I really thought 'we could have two people dead here'.
"The cold took his breath out of his lungs and, at one point, he was struggling to stay above the water.
"But Matt did a great job. I have no doubt that the woman would have died if it wasn't for him."
PCSO Clark was one of a team of officers who responded on November 23 after reports of a woman's body in the Derwent, near Cathedral Green.
The 40-year-old woman had waded into the water after an argument with her boyfriend but did not realise how deep it was and got swept off her feet by the current.
Met police chief says he is
'rather fond of villains going to prison'
|Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, has waded into the debate about Britain's prison population by opposing government proposals to lock up fewer criminals.|
Stephenson also expressed his support for handing out short-term prison sentences for offences such as burglary, contradicting the justice secretary Kenneth Clarke's recent comments that it was "virtually impossible" to rehabilitate offenders on short-term sentences.
The government has launched a review of sentencing policy, with Clarke indicating that he favours a greater emphasis on community sentences rather than putting more criminals behind bars.
Asked if he agreed that fewer people should go to prison, Stephenson told radio station LBC 97.3: "Don't forget what my mission in life is: save life, prevent crime. I'm rather fond of villains going to prison. I rather like it.
"I've said on many occasions, I think I've said it on this show before, that before a burglar burgles a house, he should anticipate a period of imprisonment if and when he's caught.
"I'm a fan of that and I also think that victims of serious crime would actually think that prison works."
Burglary can carry sentences of less than a year.
In comments that provoked discomfort on the Tory right, Clarke said: "Banging up more and more people for longer without actively seeking to change them is what you would expect of Victorian England."
He called for a "rehabilitation revolution", with sentencing policy focused on targeting the causes of reoffending.
Stephenson said there was a need for a "balance between retribution and rehabilitation" in the justice system. "I believe in both," he said.
Stephenson's predecessor as Met commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, is taking part in an inquiry examining short-term prison sentences, set up by Make Justice Work, which hopes to find workable alternatives to locking people up.
Clarke's comments directly signalled the abandonment of the "prison works" orthodoxy, launched by the former home secretary, Michael Howard. The justice secretary faces mounting pressure to halt Britain's £4bn prison-building programme, the largest in Europe. Howard said he was "not convinced" by Clarke's position and that "serious and persistent criminals need to be put in prison".
9:43am Thursday 15th July 2010
A NEW community support officer has started work at Rubery Police Station.
CSO Sarah Wells has previous experience working with the public, having spent the last seven years as a customer service advisor for a local manufacturer, before that working as a hotel receptionist.
CSO Wells’ new role is the next step to her fulfilling a long-held ambition to become a full time police officer, having already served four years as a volunteer special constable.
She has already taken up the role as a CSO and has so far been involved in seizing drugs and confiscating alcohol from under-age drinkers, given stranger danger talks to nursery children, and liased with residents about the theft of and damage to drain covers at the Chadwick House flats in Rubery.
CSO Wells said: “I love the variety of this job and every day brings something different.”
Outside of work the new CSO has a passion for running, and is a member of the Droitwich Ladies Running Club.
CSO Sarah Wells
| Monday 12th July 2010 |
PCSO Sam Maher recently took on a new beat around the village and has been putting his experience as a teacher to good use by visiting schools to talk about his role in the community.
He taught in Hagley for two years before joining the force, following in the footsteps of his uncle who is already an officer with West Mercia Police.
PCSO Maher said: “My aim it to get involved with youngsters at an early age so that we are not potentially encountering them for the first time in their mid-teens before they have had any positive experiences with the police.
“This is the key to breaking down barriers.”
In his spare time PCSO Maher enjoys skiing trips and is also a keen rower.
He achieved success on the national stage as one of the team that won the coxed quads class at the national championships at Nottingham in 2005.
Sam Maher, the new Community Support Officer
for Hagley and Rural
PCSOs set for TV stardom in Russia Essex Chronicle | July 01, 2010
RUSSIANS from Moscow to Vladivostok will be able watch Essex PCSOs in action on their TV screens and online.
The bobbies were followed by Vevgeny Kanevsky, from the BBC World Service, and his Russian film crew as they patrolled Chelmsford in search of inspiring policing for the country's own ailing police force to take note of.
Yevgeny told the Chronicle: "In Russia, they have a very big problem with police corruption.
"So we are making a series called Law and Order to show to people how other countries police their towns
Residents bid a fond farewell to popular Highbridge PCSO Jill
Highbridge has bid a fond farewell to a popular PCSO, who is moving to another job this week. Gill Bawler, pictured here on the right, has been a familiar ...
24 May 2010
A WIGAN councillor is helping the local police community support officers (PCSO) to be more speedy around her ward by buying them new bikes.
Wigan West Councillor Phyll Cullen, pooled her Brighter Borough funds with Terry Halliwell and Steve Dawber to purchase two bikes. One other bike was purchased by Jeremy Bell of Partners and Communities Together (PACT).
Labour Coun Cullen said: “It is impossible for the ward PSCOs to get from one place within the are to another by foot, quickly, it takes them about half an hour to walk but it would be five minutes or so on a bike.”
There are now three PCSOs that circulate the Wigan West ward.
Other wards within Wigan have also purchased equipment such as warm clothes and bikes for the PSCOs that they rely on.