2011 PCSO news
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Details of policing cuts in the capital show major reductions in the number of Police Community Support Officers and traffic wardens.
The cut in the number of police officers is less than anticipated but the number of PCSO posts will fall by 790 by the end of the financial year 2011/12 and the number of traffic wardens by 210.
The Policing London Business Plan released by the Metropolitan Police Authority today says the force still faces a budget gap of £11.9 million but has already achieved savings of more than £50 million.
The report states that the biggest cuts to the Met's £3.6 billion are being made in support services, reducing building and vehicle fleet costs and cutting back on overtime and allowances.
It also states that the force has a "strategic ambition to reduce its reliance on traffic wardens and PCSOs and to use, if at all practical, the released resource to deploy more operational police officer numbers".
Three hundred PCSO posts and 210 traffic wardens are being lost in the Safer Transport command but an extra 413 police officers will be recruited to replace them.
All 102 PCSO posts in the Met's Safer Schools initiative are to be axed but these will also be replaced by 70 full-time police officers.
The total number of police officer posts is to fall by more than 1,000 - as previously expected - but the policing plan reveals the intention for new recruits to fill 478 posts, leaving a final reduction of 581.
However, the report warns that up to 520 police officer posts could be lost to future cuts in other grants.
While it is impossible to make police officers redundant the Met has launched a recruitment freeze which means an average 100 officers a month are retiring without being replaced.
The report says government grants for 352 police Olympic posts and 178 civilian staff will run out after 2012.
Senior Met sources said today they were committed to maintaining the policing front line in London.
But Jenny Jones, the Green Party member of the MPA, said she was concerned the changes could mean fully trained officers would be doing work previously undertaken by traffic wardens and PCSOs.
She said: "I expect police officers will carry out a different role which is fine but who will do the valuable work of the traffic wardens and PCSOs in the Safer Transport teams?"
The report says the Met has launched a voluntary redundancy scheme for police staff but a recruitment freeze could be lifted in the coming months.
WALTHAM ABBEY: PCSOs help deliver baby while on patrol 4:11pm Friday 14th January 2011
A BABY was delivered with the help of two community police officers after they heard the mum-to-be's screams from the street.
Sharp-eared Shelley Cole, 24, and colleague Stacey Ayres, 20, were on patrol when they heard Kaparzyna Bedmarek yelling from the bedroom of her Waltham Abbey home.
They dashed to the door and were met by the sister of Ms Bedmarek's partner, Blanka Tracz, 25, who let them in.
Miss Cole said: “Stacey immediately grabbed some towels while I comforted her.
“She was holding my hands and I could already see the baby’s head. We got her onto the bed and into a birthing position.
“It all kind of happened from there. We were at the house at 6.34pm and by 6.39pm, the baby was delivered.”
But baby Pola was not breathing and started to go blue, so Miss Cole had to rub her back until she cried.
“It was only a few seconds, but it felt like ages,” she said. “Some mucus came out of the baby’s mouth and she started to cry.
“It was such a relief and I cannot tell you what an amazing experience it was.”
Pontefract resident Dorothy Millroy was helped by PCSO Jane McMillan and PC Deb Ardron, when she had a serious fall. Amongst Dorothy's injuries was a cut arm, bruised jaw and damaged lower back.
Published on Mon Jan 17 01:44:54 GMT 2011
QUICK-thinking PCSOs leapt into action to help an elderly resident after a terrifying fall.
PCSOs Jane McMillan and Deborah Ardron, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), helped 84-year-old Dorothy Mylroie after she tripped over a parasol stand and smashed her face on the ground during a wake at Pontefract’s King’s Croft Hotel.
The officer used their first aid skills to help the pensioner, who had been knocked unconscious, and stayed with her as she was taken to Pontefract General Infirmary by ambulance.
Mrs Mylroie, who was left with a spinal injury, a two-inch laceration on her arm and severe bruising, said: “Jane and Deborah were absolutely wonderful and I want to thank them for what they did.
“At first I was unconscious, but when I came round I was really shaken, scared and confused and they really helped put me at ease.
“Without their actions the situation could have been a lot worse because I think anyone without their first aid training would have tried to move me.“Deborah held my face in the same position for 15 minutes while we waited for the ambulance to arrive and they both did a wonderful job of staying calm and looking after me.
“Then, after the ambulance arrived, they followed me to hospital and took me home when I was discharged from accident and emergency.
“I think they were outstanding and a credit to the service. I can’t thank them enough.”
The PCSOs have continued to visit Mrs Mylroie at her Pontefract home while she recovers from her injuries.
They have also been on hand to offer her help and support.
The pensioner said: “I keep telling everyone how wonderful they are.
“They’ve been a great support to me as I get better.
“I still have a lot of back pain and I definitely can’t get around as easily as I could before the fall, but I’m not doing too badly for an 84-year-old.
Road safety for Knights Templar School pupils
1:30pm Monday 17th January 2011
CHILDREN at Knights Templar School in Watchet learnt about road safety from their local police officers.
PC Chris Walls and PCSO Jon McAteer handed out 50 reflective vests as part of a 'be safe be seen' message.
The fluorescent vests will help make the children more easily visible as they walk to and from school or go on school trips during the dark winter months. <
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