2010 PCSO NEWS

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select for full story Top cops: PCSO Jonathan Harrison and PCSO Anthony Elsmere
Sunday 12th December 2010 By Paul Teed
Two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who hunted down a burglar who raided an elderly woman’s home have been awarded a special commendation.

PCSO Jonathan Harrison and PCSO Anthony Elsmere, (right) of Ham and Petersham safer neighbourhood team, were praised for their “outstanding professionalism and initiative” following the break-in on May 27, in Perryfield Way, Ham.

They discovered a teenager had pushed the woman, aged in her 80s, to the floor injuring her hand and face when they carried out a routine visit to her home.

The burglar stole her handbag before fleeing.

PCSO Elsmere, 21, said: “From the information she was able to give us, which wasn’t much, we ascertained where he might have come through, at which point CID came down with scene of crime officers. We told them where we believed they might be and got the forensic evidence.”

He added: “We work for the safer neighbourhood team and we know a lot of people around here.

“From the description she gave us we believed it may have been a gentleman in the area. We managed to find him and detain him about 20 minutes after we left the scene.”

The young burglar was later jailed thanks to vital evidence the two PCSOs helped to gather.

PCSO Elsmere said he was “really proud” to get the commendation.

He said: “It’s nice to have the work you do realised and appreciated.”

select for full story... Photograph: Simona Bonomo Hugh Muir, Thurs 23 Sept 2010
Well isn't this a fine mess? On the one hand there is outrage. We have lost the streets to antisocial behaviour, says Sir Denis O'Connor, the chief inspector of constabulary.
Millions of examples of drunkenness and vandalism go unreported because such things are seen as close to normal.

Keeping the peace has been relegated to a "second-order consideration" for officers who prioritise chasing the government's targets in solving sharp-end crimes. And in such a situation, outrage is perhaps a reasonable response. But where is much of it coming from? The same people who have constantly undermined the police's determination to get to grips with this very problem by deploying onto the streets the police community support officers (PCSOs). The whole idea of PCSOs was that they would give communities a greater sense of security by their very visibility on the streets.

Home Office recruitment literature specifically describes their role as reducing crime, the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour. They are not fully trained, fully sworn police officers and perhaps, as a result of that, some do make bad judgements and occasionally they do embarrassing things. But they have a clear responsibility to intervene on behalf of beleaguered communities. There are 16,500 of them across the country and most of them do a good job.

But has there been a group of workers more maligned and demoralised than the police community support officer? The Daily Mail leads the hand wringing today but the Mail has also led the gang putting the boot into our PCSOs. "Plastic police," it calls them dismissively. "Blunkett's bobbies", "plastic plods".

Well what's next? We don't like the problem, but we have also done little to support the people deployed to deal with it. We are going to need a rethink. The critics of PCSO deployment, egged on by the Police Federation, argue that the only real way to get to grips with disorder on the streets is to have more fully fledged police officers out there rather than in their stations completing paperwork. And that would be nice. But in these cash-strapped times to come, it isn't going to happen. Just two weeks ago, the chairman of the Police Federation estimated that in total the jobs of 40,000 police officers could go.

The Met was one of the first to embrace the concept of PCSOs and there too, the future for the fully trained, fully sworn workforce is one of contraction. The London mayor's budget unveiled earlier this year envisages a cut of 455 officers by the time the capital hosts the Olympics in 2012. Tellingly, the number of special constables will rise by 2,690. The number of PCSOs, 4,520, at last count, will remain the same.

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CCTV image of the man police want to question
Tom Rowley September 23, 2010
Transport cops are hunting thugs following two violent attacks at railway stations in Glossop.

In the first incident a train conductor was left bloodied and needing stitches after a late night attack at Hadfield Station. The worker, 36, was assaulted after telling passengers the train would terminate at the station and not be returning to Manchester Piccadilly.

British Transport Police (BTP) have released a photograph (above) of a man they want to question and have offered a £1,000 reward for information. Detectives believe the attacker could be from the Manchester area.

BTP officers are also appealing for witnesses following an incident at Glossop rail station on Norfolk Street, when one of their police community support officers was punched in the head and knocked to the floor.

Investigating officer Det Con Mike Gore said a group of about 20 youths was causing a disturbance near to the booking office on the platform of the station.

"The 49-year-old PCSO was on routine patrol, when he arrived and began to speak with the group about their behaviour. The situation escalated and one of the men became threatening towards the victim. While he was distracted, another man approached the victim from behind and punched him to the side of the head."

The PCSO was knocked to the floor and sustained reddening to his face and bruising to his knees.

"This was a disgusting act by one of a group whose behaviour towards the officer was completely unacceptable," Det Con Gore added

select for full story By Daily Mail Reporter 20th September 2010

An award-winning police community support officer has been sacked after ranting about his job on Facebook.
Carl Boulter, 47, described his beat as a 's***hole' and complained about having to wear a 'stupid' stab-proof vest.

When the comments on the social networking site came to light, the father-of-two was hauled into a disciplinary hearing and fired from his job with Warwickshire Police.

The panel ruled he had made 'inappropriate postings' about the force when he questioned the need to wear body armour while patrolling rural areas.

The father-of-two had written: 'I wish I could find another job. Get me out of this s***hole.

'I hate wearing this stupid stab proof vest out in the countryside where there's no need for it.'

Greater Manchester
A police community support officer will be urging residents to become part of the Home Watch family and work together with police to ensure their community is safe.

PCSO Mark Fitzgerald from Salford South Neighbourhood Policing Team has been talking to members of the Irlam community about the benefits of being a Home Watch coordinator and how to set up a scheme. A public meeting will take place at Locklands Lane Community centre on 12 August at 7pm.

PCSO Fitzgerald said: “We have a number of Home Watch schemes set up within Irlam but we are actively looking for more volunteers to sign up and help us beat crime and anti-social behaviour in their area. Anyone who is interested are more than welcome to attend the meeting.

“The main objective of Home Watch is to help people protect themselves and their property by improving home security, reporting suspicious behaviour to police as well as creating a community spirit.”

If you are interested in becoming a coordinator or setting up a scheme, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Salford North Neighbourhood Policing Team (Swinton and Pendlebury) 0161 856 5228

Salford East Neighbourhood Policing Team (Kersal, Irwell Riverside and Broughton) 0161 856 5127

Salford Central Neighbourhood Policing Team (Claremont, Langworthy, Ordsall, Weaste and Seedley) 0161 856 5084 Salford South Neighbourhood Policing Team (Eccles, Barton, Irlam, Winton and Cadishead) 0161 856 5317

Salford West Neighbourhood Policing Team (Little Hulton, Walkden, Worsley, Boothstown and Ellenbrook)

PCSO Mark Fitzgerald
Mark Fitzgerald from south Salford, won the PCSO of the year award at the Salford division excellence awards last year.
He also helped to set up home watch schemes and deliver hundreds of letters to residents containing tips on how to keep property safe.

select for full story 3 PCSOs commended!
25th June 2010

THREE police community support officers from Malvern have been honoured for their quick-thinking and actions in preventing a woman from committing suicide by throwing herself onto the railway tracks.

CSOs Helen Carstairs, Lisa Hadley and Kevin Youds received commendations as West Mercia Police held its South Worcestershire divisional awards evening at Hindlip on Tuesday evening (June 22).

They were near Malvern Link railway station when British Rail staff called police with concerns about a woman on February 26 this year.

CSO Carstairs arrived first and saw the woman - who was known to have self-harm and suicidal tendencies - initially walk away from the area.

She then discovered from bystanders that the woman was not under the influence of intoxicants and, therefore was acting of her own accord - a crucial factor in determining what actions to take.

select for full story Shortly afterwards the woman climbed onto the railway bridge, saying she was going to kill herself by jumping on to the tracks below.

CSOs Hadley and Youds then arrived and took hold of the woman, dragging her back from the wall and detaining her until police officers arrived to take over.

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PCSOs Helen Carstairs, Lisa Hadley and Kevin Youds were commended by Ch supt Jane Horwood, head of policing in South Worcestershire

MBEs for PCSOs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
select for full story PCSO Sam Sagar began his career in Batley but spent the vast majority of it serving the Bradford area before retiring as an Inspector in 2002. He initially began to work as a volunteer but returned to policing as a PCSO in June 2003 and has been based in the Frizinghall area since.

Sunday, 13th June 2010

"I didn't expect it and it has very much come out of the blue,” said Sam.

“I feel really privileged and it is as much for my family as myself as they have had to put up with the long hours over the years.

“I still thoroughly enjoy my role and I still get as much from it as I hope the people who we serve do. I will be continuing for as long as my health holds.”

select for full story PCSO Elizabeth Ann Smith has been given the honour for services to policing after 10 years as special constable and four years walking the beat in the seaside town.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

"I think gobsmacked has to be the understatement of the century. I couldn't believe it.

"I got a letter a few weeks ago telling me I had been put forward, but I didn't think it would be confirmed.

"It is a huge honour and I cannot wait to attend the palace."

PCSO Smith moved to the East Yorkshire coast five years ago to retire.

She said: "I have always worked with people who need help, I love helping people, I love my job and I love the people of Bridlington. . .

Woman’s life saved by hero officers
select for full story 8:30am Friday 11th June 2010

By Scott McPherson

TWO Police Community Support Officers have been hailed heroes after saving the life of a woman who threw herself into the lake at Coate Water.

The drama unfolded yesterday morning after the woman, in her 30s, discharged herself from Great Western Hospital before attempting to end her life in the lake at the country park.

The hospital immediately informed the police that the woman had left hospital as she was deemed to be in danger and a regarded as a level 1 missing person, which is the most serious.

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