2007 News


A force to be reckoned with
LUCY ADAMS, Chief Reporter
November 06 2007

select for full story on this Although he is arguably the most influential police officer in Scotland, David Mulhern is used to a low profile. Since January he has been in charge of fingerprints, forensics, criminal records and police training. Most members of the public would not recognise him. But all that is about to change as he maps out a new vision of policing in Scotland - one which is bound to make him enemies among rank-and-file officers.

His message is that civilians must take a leading role in a range of traditional policing tasks, from door-to-door inquiries to arranging identity parades. Police officers, he says, are unique in their ability to arrest people. If a certain role does not require such a power, why not employ a cheaper civilian for the job?

He wants Scotland to adopt the controversial "plastic plods" of England and Wales - the Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) which have, so far, been rejected by senior officers north of the border. His mantra is to remove duplication and replication. But whether that is palatable to the police service in Scotland is a different matter.

"People do not generally like change, but it is that challenge which gets me out of bed in the morning," he explains during an interview at his office in Glasgow's West Regent Street. "I want people to look forward to change rather than seeing it as a threat."

Such comments are unlikely to soften the blow his comments are bound to inflict. Mr Mulhern currently oversees a budget of £85m and the services for which he is responsible make him hugely influential. Not only is he thought to be popular with the Scottish Government; he holds the keys to the essential back office functions of Scotland's police service.

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Community police officers caught 'hiding behind a tree' while girls beat up 55-year-old
Last updated at 15:46pm on 4th November 2007

Two police community support officers are under investigation after they were spotted hiding behind a tree as a man was beaten up by three teenage girls.

The pair watched on while a 55-year-old man was kicked and punched by the girls as he was taking his dog for a walk, according to a witness to the scene.

Nicknamed plastic bobbies for their lack of training, the PCSOs were only a few hundred yards away when the incident happened in Ravensbury Park, Merton, South-West London.

But instead of taking action, the duo chose to hide behind a tree, the witness told the Sunday Mirror.

The officers said "they had the incident under surveillance", the witness added.

The witness has now lodged a complaint with Scotland Yard claiming the support officers only radioed for help when they were asked why they had not taken any action.

But the PCSOs claim they responded as soon as they were made aware of the incident.
4 NOV 07                view more news             view the article             view the thread!

the newspapers have written their headlines and the papers have been bought and read, but their websites ARE able to adjust if they wish to


  • Daily Mail headline on 4 NOV read
    'Community police officers caught 'hiding behind a tree' while girls beat up 55-year-old'

  • this changed on 5 NOV to
    'Community police officers stood by as grandmother rescued man attacked by three girls'

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view the thread!! OK. 43 forces, 30 with the force crest, 12 with the zoo keepers badge we used to have and now one unique badge !

view the thread!! A lovely smiley face made out of the words and the force crest to make all the PCSO's feel loved and part of the "family" !!

The badges are being manufactured and once available they come into immediate use.

Waste of money or a vital piece of kit to make us all feel one team....? You decide !


25 Oct 2007

06:18 pm

That looks like it was made by a 3 yr old.

Fat Bloke

25 Oct 2007

06:35 pm

Ha Ha what a good joke, that’s got to be the worst badge so far. Its far too big for the cap, job even the stupid zoo keepers badge we have are better than that.

Bet the fed will love it


25 Oct 2007

09:47 pm

oh dear... he he..


25 Oct 2007

10:26 pm

Dorset citizen to newly-badged PCSO:

"Can I park here or will you give me a ticket?"


26 Oct 2007

08:32 am

I don't like that badge !!

It looks like it should be stuck on a fridge

not on somebody's head.


26 Oct 2007

09:42 am

But does your force badge double up as an ice scraper for the car?
26 Oct 2007

10:59 am

It looks more like its come from the toy town really and Mr Plod


26 Oct 2007

09:49 pm

Well i think the hat looks ok maybe the badge could be abit smaller but i think it looks really good.


26 Oct 2007

11:50 pm

Words fail me... I bet that badge was designed by someone who is anti


27 Oct 2007

01:13 am

That is shocking.

How can anyone expect to command any respect wearing that.


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PCSOs have to let tagger go
By Gareth Bethell
Comment | Read Comments (59) Richard Butler

A TAGGER who was caught red-handed by a member of the public walked free when police told him there was no-one available to deal with him.

Two Police Community Support Officers were sent to confront the boy, who had been placed under citizen's arrest by council worker Richard Butler.

Mr Butler had seen a group of teenagers spraying the walls of the House of Fraser car park.

He intervened and detained the boy with the spray can in his hand.

The PCSOs decided to arrest the youngster, but as that was beyond their powers they called for a police officer to carry out the duty.

However, when they radioed through they were told no-one was able to come and deal with the boy.

Mr Butler, 56, said: "I was disgusted. I made an effort. I knew there was a big campaign going on to stop this graffiti and I thought I was just doing my bit to catch these people.

"The PCSOs were only allowed to detain them for half an hour. That's why they called the regular police to come and arrest them.

"They didn't have anyone available so they had to let them go.

"The PCSOs were annoyed themselves. These lads walked off calling them all the names under the sun."

The Adver launched a campaign to tackle graffiti earlier this year, working with the police and the council. There have been a number of taggers arrested.

The council has even offered cash rewards of £100 to catch the most prolific graffiti artists.

Mr Butler, from Grange Park, said: "I was going for my tea break and as I walked around the corner I saw a group of about five lads spraying the wall with an aerosol," he said.

"I made a citizen's arrest on the one with the can and I told him I was doing it for criminal damage.

"I took him back to the office and called the police and two PCSOs turned up.

"I told them what happened. He still had the aerosol can. They asked him various questions and they said they would call for a regular police officer.

"They got on the radio and were told no one was available so they had to let them go.

"With that they said I'm afraid we're going to have to let him go'.

Friday 12th October 2007

Monday 8th October 2007
The union UNISON is calling for all police community support officers to be dressed the same as ordinary police officers so the public respects them more.

The union, which represents PCSOs, says they're often mistaken for traffic wardens, stewards or even builders and they're not respected either by the 'proper' police, or members of the public.

<< Here's the proposed uniform...

This was discussed Monday night on Radio 5 live for almost an hour, UNISON National Officer Ben Priestley took part in the ‘Richard Bacon Programme’ on BBC Radio 5 Live at 10pm. He was joined by a panel of invited guests including a Police Federation rep, and a PCSO resigned from the Service.

The debate was superbly managed by BACON and Ben Priestly was excellent at putting the PCSO side. One of our original members from national-PCSOs managed to phone through and further details are RIGHT HERE!

Mark up for best UK officer award
A POLICE community support officer who scooped a county award earlier this year is now in line to be named the best in the country.

Mark Tooley, who works on the Kingswood, Danesholme and Great Oakley areas of Corby, is up for the Police Review magazine’s Community Police Officer of the Year Award.

He was put forward by Northamptonshire Chief Constable Peter Maddison.

The officer, who gave up his job as a car mechanic two-and-a-half years ago to become a community support officer, has been recommended for his part in turning around the fortunes of the Kingswood estate, which has seen crime fall since the launch of the safer community team three years ago.

Mr Tooley, who won the cup at the annual Northamptonshire Police awards in July, said: “We get a lot of recognition from the general public who say it is nice to see us around. They tell us things have improved since we started working on the estates and it’s nice to be recognised with an award.”

Since Mr Tooley started pounding the beat, successes include the closure of a drugs den in a derelict property and the removal of graffiti and litter.

The community support officers have also forged links with schools and have spoken to parents about their children’s behaviour.

Mr Tooley said: “Like anywhere, there are still problems in the area, such as juvenile nuisance, but this summer for the first time since they were introduced we have not implemented a dispersal order on the estate, which shows the improvements.

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Police Community Support Officer Mark Tooley, who is in line to win a national award after his work in Corby

ET picture by Doug Easton: 220907-8-02

“From what people say on the Kingswood estate they believe we are working well and their quality of life has improved.”

A total of 45 officers went on the beat in the county four years ago when community support officers were launched nationally, and there are now 162.

Insp Gary Williams said: “Mark is an excellent officer who sets high standards and he deserved his recent award. He has established good working relations with other agencies, which he uses to good effect in tackling local issues.”

Mr Tooley will find out if he has won at an awards ceremony in London on Nov 23.

Last Updated: 24 September 2007 2:51 PM

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Officers backed over drowning death
Press Association
Friday September 21, 2007 11:43 AM

Police chiefs have defended two community support officers who stood at the edge of a pond as a 10-year-old boy drowned.

Jordon Lyon jumped into the water after his eight-year-old step-sister Bethany got into difficulties while swimming at a beauty spot in Wigan, Greater Manchester, in May.

Two fishermen spotted Bethany's arms wrapped around the neck of Jordon, who was holding her up with his head under the water. They jumped in and managed to save Bethany but Jordon became submerged.

The police community support officers (PCSOs) then arrived at the scene but did not attempt to rescue Jordon as they were not trained to deal with the incident, an inquest heard.

The boy's stepfather and a friend waded into the pond in a desperate search for him and were joined minutes later by a uniformed officer who stripped off his body armour and dived in to help them. Jordon was eventually pulled from the water at John Taylor's Pit but despite attempts to resuscitate him was later pronounced dead in hospital.

His mother, Tracy Lyon, and stepfather Anthony Ganderton, of Bluebell Avenue, Wigan, want to know why the PCSOs did not try to rescue Jordon and why they did not give evidence at the inquest held by deputy West Manchester coroner Alan Walsh.

Mr Ganderton told the inquest: "I don't know why they didn't go in. I can't understand it. If I had been walking along a canal and seen a child drowning I would have jumped in. You don't have to be trained to jump in after a drowning child."

The inquest heard there had been initial confusion over the location of the pond with trained officers sent to the wrong place. When the PCSOs arrived there were no signs of the boy in the water, police said.

In a statement after the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Owen, of Wigan CID, who led the investigation into Jordon's death, said: "PCSOs are not trained to deal with major incidents such as this. Both ourselves and the fire brigade regularly warn the public of the dangers of going into unknown stretches of water so it would have been inappropriate for PCSOs, who are not trained in water rescue, to enter the pond. This was a tragic incident where a young boy lost his life and we would once again want to pass on our heartfelt condolences to Jordon's family."

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Friday September 21, 2007                view more news            view the article            view the thread on this

'Fighting drunk' punched Sir Alex

P C S O head butted
Press Association
Wednesday September 12, 2007 1:38 PM

A "fighting drunk" admitted punching Sir Alex Ferguson in the groin and head butting a police community support officer.

Forty-three-year-old Kevin Reynolds pleaded guilty to assaulting the Manchester United manager outside a train station before attacking the officer and racially abusing him.

Reynolds appeared at City of London Magistrates Court and was warned he could be jailed when he is sentenced at a later date at London's Southwark Crown Court.

The attack took place on Monday shortly after 4pm when Sir Alex was waiting for his driver outside Euston Station in central London.

Reynolds, originally from Fife but now of no fixed abode, approached Sir Alex, who initially thought that the man staggering towards him was a beggar asking for money, the court heard. Instead Reynolds struck Sir Alex in the groin area, leaving him doubled up in pain.

The court was told on Wednesday that Reynolds then said: "I'm sorry Fergie. I did not know it was you." He then chanted: "Fergie, Fergie, shut your mouth" - a football shout common in Scotland.

A police support officer arrived at the scene at which point Sir Alex pointed out his aggressor. Whilst trying to restrain Reynolds, PCSO Peace Toluwa was head butted in the face, causing a cut to his upper lip. He was then subjected to a number of racial slurs by Reynolds.

Sir Alex was said to be left stunned by the attack and suffered soreness and tenderness as a result of the punch. He did not need further treatment.

In court on Wednesday Reynolds, who had consumed half a bottle of vodka and a number of strong lagers prior to the assault, pleaded guilty to two counts of racially-aggravated public order, one common assault and one count of actual bodily harm.

Sitting magistrate Daphne Wickham said Reynolds was "a fighting drunk", adding that her powers of sentence, which allow for six months' imprisonment, were insufficient. She committed the case to Southwark Crown Court at a future date and remanded Reynolds in custody.

September 12, 2007                view more news             view the article             view the thread

Two 16-year-olds are recruited as community bobbies
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Two 16-year-olds have been recruited as police community support officers with the authority to detain and question suspects.

The pair, just out of school, will join foot patrols from a 'busy' police station.

The move by Thames Valley Police has triggered a row about public safety and allegations that forces - and the Government - are trying to "police on the cheap".

The teenagers are two years too young to join the regular police force. If they were offenders, they would be tried in juvenile rather than adult courts. select for FULL STORY

Two 16-year olds have been recruited as police community support officers with the authority to detain and question suspects

Yet they will have a string of powers, including the right to detain offenders, stop and search under terror laws, issue penalty notices for disorder and stop vehicles.

The development is the latest controversy to hit PCSOs, dubbed Blunkett's Bobbies after the Home Secretary who created them - but now being branded Blunkett's Babies.

Full-time police must be at least 18, but there is no minimum for PCSOs. Jan Berry, chairman of the 139,000-strong Police Federation, said 16-year-olds did not have the skills to go on the front line.

"To expect someone so young to put on a police uniform and patrol the streets is a few steps too far," she said.

"It puts pressure on them as they have neither the maturity or experience to deal with situations they are likely to confront. This means they are more likely to let down their colleagues and the public."

Federation officials claim Labour is deliberately replacing full-time officers with cheaper PCSOs to save money. Support officers cost the taxpayer at least £10,000 a year less.

Though PCSOs have the power to seize alcohol from under-age drinkers, it is understood the young recruits will not enter pubs in the course of their duties. One Federation official pointed out that, technically, they could not deal with a disturbance in a cinema if a certificate 18 film was being shown. Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "We want to see as many police and PCSOs as possible. But they must be able to do the job and have the confidence of colleagues and the public. "There are important ways for young people to contribute to their communities, but recruiting 16-year-olds to frontline policing puts them and those around them at risk. "It defies common sense and speaks volumes about the Government's reckless approach to public safety." Thames Valley Police said: "We have recruited these people because they demonstrated the skills that we need. They bring experience of being able to interact with the public - especially young people.

If you are good enough, you are old enough." But sources at Thames Valley admitted the force is under huge Government pressure to reach targets on the recruitment of PCSOs and could lose funding if it failed to do so. Thames Valley PCSOs earn £17,000-£20,000, depending on the hours they work. A full PC starts at £21,000, rising to £33,000. The force's extraordinary decision was revealed by a local Police Federation official. In an e-mail to colleagues around the country, Jay Williams said: "We are informed that risk assessments have been conducted and the force are aware that in law they are children and this presents some restrictions. "I would be grateful if you would contact me if any of your forces have recruited PCSOs of this age and your experiences of how these have been managed."

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Car is donated to enable a greater police presence
By Mark Hilditch              photo by UK EMERGENCY

COMMUNITY officers in Crewe have received the donation of a new car from Wulvern Housing to help target anti-social behaviour.

The silver Vauxhall Corsa has been marked with the Community Action Team's details to help provide greater police visibility in the West End.

The CAT officers provide a link between the public and the police and spend nearly all their work time out on patrol.

And as a key role of the service is to maintain a visible presence it is important that the officers are clearly visible in the communities to reassure the public and act as a deterrent to anti social behaviour.

Wulvern Housing already funds two of the Police Community Support Officers who are working to tackle the likes of underage drinking and graffiti.

Sergeant Andy Collier of the Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "The car will make a huge difference to the Community Action Team and the work they do.

"It will allow them to focus even more on reducing crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour across the borough by having increased access around the town, and particularly in the West End.

"The use of the car will help us provide better support and commitment to residents.

"We have had some great successes, but there is plenty still to do and the more resources we have, the more effective we can be."

Wulvern's director of partnerships Rob Allen added: "By helping the local police we will be helping the local community.

"The car will be based in the West End of Crewe where many of Wulvern's homes are. It will soon become a familiar sight to people living there."
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Labour's 'plastic bobbies' replace full-time police

Last updated at 22:22pm on 4th August 2007

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Labour is replacing full-time police officers with cheaper 'plastic bobbies', official figures have revealed.

The biggest forces are taking on significantly more police community support officers, or PCSOs, while employing fewer better-trained staff.

Figures released to The Mail on Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act disclose that over the next 12 months the number of PCSOs is set to soar.

Support officers cost the taxpayer at least £10,000 a year less than full-time police and their training lasts just three weeks instead of six months. The increasing use of PCSOs has led to accusations that the Government is guilty of policing 'on the cheap'.

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "PCSOs have their role but that role is not replacing proper police officers with full police powers. Yet again the Government is cheating the public by stealth cuts in police funding."

Eight of the 43 forces in England and Wales predicted they would recruit more support officers than police by 2008.

Only Derbyshire forecast a fall in support officers and an increase in full-time police.

Cheshire Police said it would employ 102 fewer policemen and women - a drop from 2,258 to 2,156 - by March next year, while recruiting a further 51 support officers in addition to the 186 it currently employs.

Humberside is set to lose 39 police officers while gaining 132 support officers. Greater Manchester is taking on a further 66 PCSOs while cutting police numbers by 48.

The Metropolitan Police, Britain's biggest force, plans to recruit a further 585 police but an extra 879 support officers.

Brian Stockham, chairman of Sussex Police Federation, said: "What is needed is an increase of police officers rather than a decrease - because police officers will observe and engage with what they see is necessary, whereas PCSOs can only observe and report."

Jan Berry, chairman of the Police Federation for England and Wales, added: "If PCSOs are there to be the eyes and ears, that's fine. But they are increasingly replacing police officers and that visible police presence.

"Police get de-skilled and, as time goes by, there will be no alternative but to give PCSOs increased powers.

One city-centre policeman with five years' service said: "What I and my colleagues fear is that PCSOs will be given more powers as a way of cheap policing, undermining the work we do, and our status."

4th August 2007                view more news             view the topic             view the article

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