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Street Pastors prepare to hit streets

By Clara Story
If you bump into a someone wearing baggy clothing and a baseball cap late at night in central Kingston, don't be alarmed.
Chances are they could be one of 20 volunteers from 10 Kingston churches who will be patrolling the streets after dark several days a week from mid-June. Dressed in distinctive blue jackets, the wardens are following in the footsteps of a scheme set up by the Ascension Trust in Brixton in 2003.

"They are there to calm the atmosphere," said Derek Winsor, a former magistrate and member of the United Reformed Church (URC) on Eden Street, which is helping to run the scheme. "Street pastors are totally non-aggressive. Two thirds of Kingston's street pastors are women, and have been trained in street safety, first aid, drugs awareness and homeless issues. They will work in small teams with the police's support, and will be in contact with them by mobile phone. They have the uniform as well, and just walking up to a group can be enough to diffuse a situation."

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The scheme is funded from many sources including Kingston Council and the 10 churches taking part: the URC, Kings Church on Kingston's Fife Road; New Malden Methodists, Community Church and Christ Church in Surbiton; the Greater Life Church, His Church, St George's, St Peter's in Norbiton, and Our Lady Immaculate in Tolworth. Start-up costs for the first year total £25,000, of which £13,000 is still needed.

1:21pm Friday 5th May 2006

PCSO's transport dismay
POLICE support officers may be forced to walk miles around their patch because of a lack of cars at Battle Police Station.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) affected cover Robertsbridge, Sedlescombe, Etchingham and Ninfield. The PCSOs had been using two vehicles sponsored by Toyota and Nissan, but these were withdrawn when funding ran out in April.

PCSOs working from Rye police station have also seen their cars withdrawn, but because there are fewer police officers based at Rye than Battle, more patrol cars are available for them to use instead. Chris Dewitt and Tom McAspurn are the PCSOs for the Etchingham, Hurst Green, Burwash, Dallington, Flimwell, Ticehurst, Stonegate and Bewl Water area. They are two of the seven PCSOs based at Battle police station and get first choice of available vehicles because they have the furthest distance to travel.

PCSO Dewitt said: "We are short on vehicles but we are using the CCTV vehicle at the moment which is based in Rye.
"But it's still a problem. Myself and Tom do the outer reaches of the area so we have the priority use of the vehicles.
"But it has affected people covering areas like Catsfield, Ninfield and Sedlescombe.
"It's a rare situation because we take it in turns and drop each other off in our vehicles.
"Often my partner and I are taking people to their patches, dropping them off and picking them up afterwards.
"It's a problem, but it's a problem we have got to overcome."

The PCSOs can use police vehicles when there are few officers at the station, but police answering emergency calls get priority use. Inspector Warren Franklin of Battle police said: "We have put in for these two vehicles to be replaced. "Everywhere in Sussex is getting more PCSOs so in the long term it creates a problem with transport. "We have also got issues of car parking at Battle because it's a small police station. "We are also trying to get another CCTV van so there is one at Rye and one at Battle because we have only got one at the minute." He said that alternative options for PCSOs were being explored, adding: "Sometimes bikes are a good option for high visibility policing because you can just stop and get off."

However PCSOs would have to pass a cycling proficiency test before being allowed out on to the roads. It's believed some parish councils are considering sponsoring vehicles for their PCSOs.

A review of police resources across Sussex is due soon as part of the pending merger with Surrey police. Battle police are hoping to land funding from the Central East Sussex Divisional Budget for PCSO transport following the review. Insp Franklin hopes the situation will be resolved in two or three weeks.
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POLICE TO GIVE FOUL YOBS THE RED CARD
09 May 2006Red card: PCSOs Sharon Cummings and Peter Dawson.

YOBS in Horncastle could soon be shown the red card in a new initiative aimed at reducing nuisance behaviour. With the football World Cup just around the corner East Lindsey District Council will be piloting the 'early intervention' scheme aimed at ten to 13-year-olds.

It involves police and community support officers handing out yellow and red cards to troublemakers, just like football referees, in a bid to deter youngsters from bad behaviour before it gets to the point where acceptable behaviour contracts or even anti-social behaviour Orders (ASBOs) are needed.

Adrian Bellamy, of ELDC's Anti-social Behaviour Team explained: "The cards are about taking positive action and it is hoped they will have a decisive effect in tacking anti-social behaviour at an early stage.

"What we are trying to achieve is nipping the problem in the bud, before it causes concern, anxiety and upset in the community."

Horncastle Insp Daryl Pearce explained: "Any initiative which looks to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime in the early stages comes with our full support and we look forward to working in partnership with the anti-social behaviour team from ELDC."

The initiative will be piloted in Horncastle and Louth and if it proves a success will be rolled out across the whole of the district.

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4 May 2006
Tough choices for council as targets are not met

WREXHAM’S much-lauded neighbourhood wardens could be axed under a radical shake-up which could save about £1 million a year.

Details outlined in a report to the corporate governance and policy scrutiny committee compiled to provide information on the operation of the scheme in 2005-06, advise of the opportunity for the council to become involved in the expansion of the number of Police Community Support Officers, and their role, and to help members in their consideration of options for how best to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, reduce the fear of crime, and reassure local communities.

One option is to scrap the warden scheme to make way for about 50 PCSOs.

The report says the 11 wardens have had a positive effect, but statistics indicate the annual target of 10 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour has not been met.

Although reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in most of the 14 areas covered by wardens have fallen, the amount of rowdy/nuisance behaviour has increased in nearly all areas in the past few months.

The option to scrap the scheme in favour of PCSOs is one of four outlined.

The others are: ploughing more money in at the current level, but incorporate more powers; use part of £100,000 headroom budget allocated to tackling anti-social behaviour, which would increase costs per warden to about £26,500 a year; or use the £100,000 to invest in PCSO development, in addition to the warden scheme.

The report says: “The Eastern Division superintendent has recently advised council officers of the proposed phased increase of PCSOs over the next two years. Six were introduced in Wrexham around September, 2004, with a further requirement phase in March, 2005, taking them to 11.

“In 2005 the Government announced its intention to significantly increase the number of PCSOs in 2006/07 and 2007/08. For Wrexham this will result in a further nine in 2006/07 and in 2007/08. By April, 2008, it is anticipated the county borough will have in the region of 48 PCSOs.

“The chief superintendent has requested the council consider investing in the PCSO development to the level of 25 per cent. This would afford the council the opportunity of double badging the PCSOs (Police/WCBC) and, by way of an annual agreement, to be directly involved in setting objectives and targets for PCSO development and participating in some evaluation activities.

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30 April 2006
Bus ride banned amid safety fears

A police officer was stopped from using a bus to travel to his village beat because of health and safety fears. The situation began in January, when Police Community Support Officer Ian Yeomans failed to attend a parish council meeting.

It emerged that he did not have his own transport, but could not use the bus until a health and safety assessment was carried out.

Gloucestershire police said the problem had now been resolved.

Equipment difficulties

Inspector Steve Williams said: "There were two difficulties with using a bus - the amount of equipment our officers have to carry and communication.

"We obviously have a duty of care and have to assess the health and safety aspects and logistics of the situation.

"These assessments have now taken place and I'm quite happy to have staff use buses and we can put in place measures to overcome communication problems."

Parish council chairman Mike Stuart, who first raised concerns about the situation, now accepts there were difficulties.

He said: "In a car it's different and there are electronics that can boost the signal, but on a bus he would just have his walkie-talkie."

PCSO Yeomans is now carrying out his duties in a car.

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beat officers will be deployed to do other police workWednesday, 19 April 2006
Force is to axe 150 beat police

Devon and Cornwall Police are removing 150 neighbourhood officers from their beats in the South West.

The proposal has been put forward to meet government targets for fighting serious and organised crime.
Officers will be redeployed to fields such as detective work, and remaining officers will cover larger areas.

A Devon and Cornwall Police statement said neighbourhood policing would be boosted with the recruitment of 180 community support officers this year. The force has received several big increases in spending to fund more community support officers.

But Roy Farmer of the Police Federation said they could not replace police officers. "They are not equipped to do a police officer's role.
"They don't have the full training that a police officer has over two years, and then on and on through his career." Devon and Cornwall Police would not comment on the proposal but said community support officers were proving a success by tackling anti-social behaviour, low-level crime and reducing the fear of crime. >
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select for full storyNew face on beat
By Andrew Ffrench

The team of Police Community Support Officers patrolling Oxford's Blackbird Leys estate is now complete, with the appointment of Mari-Claire Tutty.

Ms Tutty made her first patrols on the completion of her training in February and is now a key member of the team.

Along with PCSOs Laura Harris, Simone O'Dell and Jacqui Harris, she is helping to provide a visible presence in the streets to deal with low-level crime and antisocial behaviour.

Ms Tutty, based at Cowley police station, said: "Becoming a PCSO has been an ambition of mine and I'm really proud and pleased to be a part of the new neighbourhood team in Blackbird Leys.

"I'm looking forward to getting out and about throughout the area and I want people to recognise me as someone to talk to, someone who can help them and to be able to deal with any problems they may have."

Sgt Ian Uttley, of the Blackbird Leys neighbourhood policing team, who is Ms Tutty's supervisor, said: "Now that Mari-Claire is fully trained and familiar with the area, we have another valuable person in the neighbourhood policing team and we will strive to continue our good work.

"Police Community Support Officers are there to be a good point of contact with the community. Together, we're all working to crack down on crime in Blackbird Leys and to provide the community with a way of letting us know their concerns so we can act on them."

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select for full storyNew powers for support officers
Sunday, 2 April 2006, 23:59

Police community support officers have been granted more powers to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Merseyside. Merseyside police Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe has introduced the new rules, from Monday.

The PCSOs will be able to detain a person for up to 30 minutes until police arrive, and take cigarettes and alcohol from those under-age. The officers are being trained for the new roles, which Merseyside police say will help tackle "public priorities". 'Positive feedback' The PCSOs can also take down the names and address of those responsible for anti-social behaviour and authorise the removal of abandoned vehicles.

Ch Con Hogan-Howe said: "The public and partner feedback since the introduction of PCSOs has been very positive and their work is key in the fight against anti-social behaviour. "National evaluation of PCSOs undertaken by the Home Office has highlighted the effectiveness of PCSOs in delivering the neighbourhood policing model. "This is reflected on Merseyside and these changes will enhance our efforts to be the best police force in the country."

select for full storyPolice help in parking clampdown
Monday, 3 April 2006, 16:19

Police community support officers have been brought in to tackle drivers parking illegally in Wrexham.

The council is paying North Wales Police up to £30,000 a year to use the officers, who will specifically target parking in the town. Wrexham has been without traffic wardens since last year. The new officers started work on Monday and, just like traffic wardens, have the power to issue £30 tickets to anyone parked illegally.

Traffic wardens were withdrawn from Wrexham after responsibility for them was passed from police to councils, often resulting in parking chaos in the town centre. The decision was made because police authorities cannot use the revenue from fines to pay for their parking patrols, whereas councils can. select for full story

But the council claims it currently only has the power to enforce parking laws in authority-controlled car parks, and not on the streets.
A spokeswoman said the introduction of the officers was a temporary measure, until it has the power to enforce street parking laws.

Deputy leader Bob Dutton said: "It is disappointing that some people have taken advantage of a difficult situation and chosen to deliberately flout the law and park wherever they like." He added: "We have agreed to fund this position by paying for the employment of a police support officer to ease the current unacceptable situation. "We hope this now sees a rapid reduction of illegal car parking in Wrexham." Two of the officers were in Wrexham town centre to launch the scheme on Monday, but eventually just one officer will patrol the streets.


TWO LIFE SAVING HEROES GET A BIG THANK YOUPcsos who saved a woman's life

A PAIR of quick-thinking community support officers in Melton have been praised by East Midlands Ambulance Service for helping to save a woman's life.

Rapid response paramedic Ian Trafford has thanked officers Carly Adams and Martin Hall for their help in assisting him when he was called out to a job in Melton town centre.
The paramedic had been dispatched after a woman became seriously ill after a fall in her home. Upon arrival, he couldn't get into the house as she was in such bad shape she couldn't open the door.
Mr Trafford, who is one of only two rapid response paramedics working in the Melton area, said: "The two community support officers arrived and smashed the window with a brick so we could get inside."
The drama increased when the woman's heart stopped moments later: "When that happens every second is vital and with the hard work and determination of the two support officers we managed to bring her back.
"I'm happy to say she's now made a full recovery in hospital."
PCSO Martin Hall said: "If we hadn't forced entry into the house when we did, I don't think the lady would have survived.


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Budget 2006

Duty-free allowance for goods from outside the EU proposed to rise to £1,000. Exemption on stamp duty raised to £125,000 and inheritance tax exemption raised over the next four years from £275,000 this year to £325,000. From April 2008 there will be free off-peak national bus travel in every area of the country for pensioners and the disabled.

The number of Community Support Officers to rise from 6,000 to 16,000 by April next year, costing £100 million.

Public sector pay settlements for this year will average 2.25%. New help for working women who want a wider range of career choices offering higher earnings. By 2020, the British economy will need 14 million highly-skilled workers. There are now 9 million. A review is to be held into better alignment of the National Insurance and Income Tax systems for low-paid workers.

There will be a zero rate of Vehicle Excise Duty for a small number of cars with the lowest carbon emissions, and £40 duty for cars with low emissions. From today, VED rates will be zero, £40 and then £100, £125, £150, £190 and a new band of £210 for new cars that are the most polluting. The duty paid on 50% of cars will be frozen or reduced from tomorrow. Fuel duties to be frozen until September 1.

There will be a nine per cent duty increase on packet of cigarettes from tomorrow, duty on spirits frozen. From midnight on Sunday, a penny on a pint of beer, duty on champagne and cider frozen.

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21/02/2006 - 13:31:02

UNISON sends out ballot papers over "inexcusable" pensions row

UNISON is sending out ballot papers to 829,000 members asking them to vote for strike action over cuts to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Staff ranging from dinner ladies and refuse collectors, to architects and planners, across the UK will be balloted by several trade unions over the next few weeks over proposed changes to their pension scheme.

"All we are asking for is equal treatment for our LGPS members with members of other public sector schemes, such as the NHS, civil service and teachers," said UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis.

UNISON, together with nine other unions, has been trying to negotiate with the government to protect the pension rights of low paid public sector workers in meat hygiene, fire and rescue, police, probation, and many other key services.

"The average female LGPS pension is £31 a week ? it's not much, but together with their state pension, it helps to keep these hard working people out of poverty."

According to Prentis, there is still 'a small window of opportunity' to resolve the situation with goodwill on both sides.

"We have done everything we can to persuade the government that these workers deserve to have their pensions protected in the same way as the rest of the public sector, but unfortunately the government has refused to see sense," he said.

"On the very same day that the government agreed to protect pension rights for fire fighters, it refused to extend those same rights to LGPS members.

"For a government that says it believes in social justice and gender equality, this is totally inexcusable ? and it leaves us with no choice but to ballot our members over possible strike action. We must speak out for those workers who are some of the lowest paid in the country and who committed to paying into the pension scheme to help pay for their retirement."

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national-PCSOs is TWO YEARS OLD!!
national-PCSOs: every PCSO's home base2 years ago national-PCSOs was launched
The first month of operation saw 98 members join and since then a further 1600 individuals have enrolled on the site

What's it all about?

What's the point?

Well at the time there was no other single independant web site available to pull together all resources, issues, topics, news and articles JUST FOR PCSOS

and guess what?

Nothing's changed! There is still no other web site on offer that exists solely for PCSO support

national-PCSOs is dedicated solely to PCSOs and always will be, this site will always be here for you and comprises

  • www.national-pcsos.co.uk
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  • www.policecommunitysupportofficer.com
TWO YEARS on and what has been achieved?
 
thank you for being a part of national-PCSOs!

  • daily discussions of PCSO issues that matter to you
  • online quiz tests to give you a knowledge reality check
  • stable PCSO gallery, available from pbase
  • live chat room facilities
  • enormous archives going back 2 years
  • Honours Board
  • Vacancies page
  • Salaries sheet
  • Trouble Shooters scheme
  • Federation Log
  • FAQ, all the top PCSOs issues raised and tackled
  • SOCAP, PCSO powers via slideshow and ppt

TWO YEARS ON we have realised a brilliant message board, run by new hosts - offering far more powerful and efficient service and support than before.

Now, as we enter our 3rd year of operation we do so with a great community, our members are friendly, helpful, professional individuals who are keen to advise others, share knowledge and best practice. Why not tell other PCSOs about the worthwhile service we offer here? Without continuing new members to enrol, the community we have so much enjoyed is in danger of sustaining "wastage" - inevitably those who joined 2 years ago are not all still around today, CAN YOU HELP to recruit others to the fold?

Return of the beat police
The Commissioner is right behind PCSOsBy Marie Jackson BBC News, London Friday, 10 February 2006
It is being hailed as the future of policing, the most significant change in the past 40 years, and a return to Sir Robert Peel's principles on which the Metropolitan Police was founded.

Bold claims - but what exactly does the Safer Neighbourhoods scheme mean for Londoners?

From April, there will be a few more fluorescent jackets dotted around the streets - to be specific, a sergeant, a police officer and two community support officers in every ward in every London borough.

By December every team will have swollen to six, with the addition of two more community officers.

It is this team's role to interact with the community, listening to gripes about graffiti, neighbours from hell and loitering youths, and to act on them.

Their agenda, say its proponents, is the community's agenda. < MORE HERE >


 

The suspect is taken away by police after the egg-throwing
Minister left with egg on her head

BRITAIN'S Education Secretary, Ruth Kelly, yesterday was hit on the head by an egg that smashed on impact, splattering her hair with yolk.

Greater Manchester Police said a 44-year-old man was arrested after the attack outside Salford Magistrates Court, in the north of England.

A man, who told reporters he was a member of Real Fathers 4 Justice, a splinter group of a defunct organisation that campaigned for changes to child custody laws, was arrested at the scene.

Ms Kelly said the egging was part and parcel of political life. "This is just one of those things which comes with being a politician," she said.

08feb06 more egg News here
TOP national-PCSOs forum awards 2006
select to view forum AWARDS pageOn 30.1.06 six of our top members were issued with the coveted TEMPLAR AWARDS for their stirling service to these well oiled forums. On top of that the Chronomancer's League launched for both MSN chat hosts and PJIRC jockeys!! One award so far there, but just look at the Kobold Light Bearers sheet! We have Shimmy, tim419 and micky quite rightly credited for their mighty efforts on our PCSO QUIZ catalogue and one MORE member has just been presented a TEMPLAR award, making the total to receive this legendary status 7, to check who's got what - just click the TEMPLAR ICON.
Officer hailed for bus bravery

A HERO police community support officer who tackled a woman threatening to blow up terrified passengers on a bus has been commended for his bravery.
PCSO Uthayakumar Packirisamy was one of 27 courageous officers and community activists presented with a Borough Commander's Commendation at Camden Town Hall.

PCSO Packirisamy was coming off duty and boarding a bus outside Albany Street police station when a woman on the bus armed with a container of mentholated spirits and a lighter told passengers they were going to die. The quick-thinking officer evacuated the bus and pulled the woman, who was suffering from mental health problems, away from the frightened passengers. He called for help from his phone and held the woman until officers arrived.

The event happened a month after the July 7 bombings, when PCSO Packirisamy helped direct traffic away from King's Cross. He said: "Everyone started panicking because it was just after July 7. I had to do it." He added: "It's nice to be recognised what I did but I'm sure anyone in my situation would have done what I did."

01 February 2006 more PCSO Hero News here
TEMPLAR FORUM AWARDS 2006
I am proud to announce that Templar Awards have been presented to 7 of our finest members!! The Templar awards have been brought in to show concrete acknowledgement of hard working members on this site.
>Click here to see further details on TEMPLAR AWARDS 2006<

PCSO Hero risks own life to save plunge man

A LIFESAVING community bobby who can barely swim dived into an icy river to rescue a drowning man. Will Brockett, 21, has been hailed a hero by police bosses after rushing into the River Goyt when the man had jumped 100ft off Union Road bridge, New Mills. Miraculously the 40 year-old escaped serious injury but was being dragged under by the current until Will arrived.

The police community safety officer, who grew up in New Mills, managed to pull the semi-conscious man to the river bank, where he waited 15 minutes for two colleagues to help lift him to safety. Will said: "I can just about keep afloat. I am an awful swimmer, but I didn?t have a choice, the man would probably have died otherwise.

3:44pm Wed 25th January 2006 more PCSO Hero News here
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Hey!! The PJIRC chat room is back in action after it was left in tatters on the floor but now it's fully operational again! SO ....... COME IN AND PLAY WHY DON'T YOU!! There's great company and great chat, put the kettle on!

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Super size safety Steve
A giant policeman will be making special appearances in an attempt to introduce youngsters to community support officers (PCSOs).

Cheam and Stonecot PCSO Stephen King came up with the idea of creating a character to meet and greet children at schools, fetes and fairs.

The enormous mascot has since been named Steve. Mr King said: "The character is a great way to introduce young children to Safer Neighbourhoods policing and understanding in a fun way the importance of PCSOs in their community." The initiative was sponsored by plumbing and electrical business Smith and Byford, based in Cheam.

3:44pm Thursday 26th January 2006 more Super Size News here

 

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