2006 news

Making the town a safer place for you
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The first of three teams of safety wardens — set up to reduce crime and the fear of it — have taken to the streets this week.
The staff, dressed in two-tone blue uniforms bearing the Safer Chesterfield logo, will patrol the town centre.

Cllr Mark Higginbottom, deputy leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: "We are delighted to introduce the first of our Safer Chesterfield teams.

"The wardens will serve a number of roles but most importantly they will provide a point of contact for everyone in the town centre and Queen's Park areas.

"We are confident that they will help reassure people and in return we hope people will welcome and support them."

They will be in radio contact with the CCTV control room, so can report incidents requiring immediate attention.

They will be available to talk to members of the public and so will become aware of any issues of concern, which can be passed on to the organisations and individuals that can deal with them.

The wardens are part of a team that includes police officers and community support officers, as well as representatives from other public sector organisations.

Two further Safer Chesterfield teams will be launched in Grangewood and Inkersall/ Middlecroft at the end of the year and eventually the whole borough will be covered.
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Police to recruit 500 new support officers

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Numbers to be bolstered in massive campaign aimed at combating anti-social behaviour

HAMPSHIRE Constabulary has revealed it is planning to recruit 500 more police community support officers by the end of 2008 to help combat nuisance behaviour.

There are now 30 of the full-time uniformed staff charged with supporting police officers in the county but the figure is set to rise to 539 after a massive recruitment drive.

Hampshire Chief Constable Paul Kernaghan said a huge campaign would be launched to recruit the hundreds of extra officers. He said the force's training centre in Netley is being expanded to cope with the "massive task" of preparing new recruits. "Neighbourhood policing is a major government priority and we are getting significant money to recruit more PCSOs. They raise the visibility of policing on the streets and provide reassurance to the community," he said.

The latest recruitment drive comes as the government's annual police performance assessment report revealed crime is on a downward trend in the county. Annual Police Performance Assessments were published by the Home Office last week, grading police forces in seven areas.

A league table ranked Hampshire joint-fifth with seven other forces, out of the 43 police forces nationally. The county shone in two areas of the assessment - in reducing crime and providing assistance through general policing.

Resource use was classed as "good" and investigating crime, promoting safety, local policing and citizen focus were all described as "fair". Hampshire has improved on last year's results in the policing and promoting safety categories. But its performance has deteriorated in the citizen focus and reducing crime categories.

The results of Hampshire Constabulary's baseline assessment - a self-assessment exercise - were also published, with 28 "good" and 15 "fair" results. Chief Constable Kernaghan said: "I am particularly pleased with our excellent' grading for providing assistance. I know council taxpayers will also be pleased to note our good' grading for resource usage."

RINGWOOD town council has welcomed plans by Hampshire Police to introduce 30 new community support officers this year to crackdown on crime in the county. Ringwood town clerk Terry Simpson said following a meeting with Chief Superintendent Ann Wakefield he was told four PCSOs would be deployed in the region to work alongside police.

Mr Simpson said one PSCO would cost the council £6,000 but that would secure the officer in the town, with the three remaining officers patrolling the district. "We hope to fund one PCSO, who would patrol in the town," he said.

"Subject to the chief constable agreeing, it is intended that they would be able to issue fixed-penalty notices." The PCSO would also cover some evening hours and it is hoped they will help overcome night-time nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

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01 November 2006

A NEW team of police community support officers will be pounding the streets of Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead.

The first five recruits started on their beats on Wednesday and will be tackling issues including antisocial behaviour, low level crime and traffic offences.

They will also work with local Neighbourhood Watch groups and Local Action Teams.

In total Nailsea will have 11 new PCSOs, Clevedon will get nine and Portishead will take on eight new recruits.

In the Nailsea sector Laura Richards, daughter of award winning Clevedon PCSO Linda Richards, will be covering Long Ashton and Wraxall.

Charlotte Thompson, who used to work for a bank, will cover Backwell and Melanie Downton, a former recruitment consultant, will pound the beat in Nailsea.

Nailsea sector police spokesman Sergeant Sarah Treweek said: "The vast majority of the new PCSOs time will be spent in the community to provide a visible and reassuring presence.

"They will be dealing with a range of issues from antisocial behaviour to low level crime and minor traffic offences.

"The appointment of the PCSOs really strengthens the team we have in the sector and is part of the first big step forward in neighbourhood policing.

"We are delighted to have them on board."

Pictured: The new police community support officers get ready to pound the beat at Nailsea Police Station. Pictured are new recruits Laura Richards, Michelle Barrett, community sergeant for Nailsea Sarah Treweek and PCSOs Charlotte Thompson and Melanie Downton.

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Fury as beats swapped for desk

Crime Editor
October 23, 2006

FURY erupted last night over plans to put police community support officers in OFFICE jobs.

The bobbies were introduced in 2003 to provide more police visibility.

But The Sun can reveal today that the Metropolitan Police are planning to replace 350 civil counter staff at police stations in London with PCSOs.

Unions and police observers denounced the scheme as “policing on the cheap” and an insult to the public.

PCSOs were the brainchild of Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. Critics denounced them as “Plastic Cops”. Now they are to begin replacing station reception officers from April 1. Plans to put PCSOs in call centres are also being considered.

A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union said: “This is being driven purely by costs without any real thought about the implications.”

Station staff will be able to apply for other civilian posts — or try to become PCSOs. The spokesman said: “Station reception staff are very skilled. PCSOs are not trained for this job.”

One PCSO said: “We were heralded as the future of policing and would patrol the streets. We were not meant to sit in offices.”

Former Met Commander John O’Connor said: “This is cheating the public.”

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Published: October 23, 2006
New PCSOs at Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge

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Additional Police Community Support Officers are joining Burnham-On-Sea police this autumn as part of their ongoing crack down on crime.

select for full story Five PCSOs are patrolling Burnham and Highbridge now, with two newcomers having joined in the last two months, and a further two are set to join during November. The team patrols the streets of Burnham and Highbridge by foot, car and bike and each member oversees different parts of the towns, as outlined on the right.

Andy Dancy said: "Both Gill and I are looking forward to tackling the diverse and challenging role of PCSO for the Burnham town area." select for full story

"We will be striving to reduce the concerns of all the community and look forward to working with our local partners to make this area a safer, more harmonious place to live."

"We hope the community will feel happy to contact us at any time to discuss any issues they may have."

Claire Chambers added: "I am now six weeks into my role as a PCSO and feel I have already made a difference to the community by promoting public reassurance and deterring anti-social behaviour."

"I have built relationships with local organisations and community groups and am looking forward to further strengthening these."

select for full story select for full story"I feel valued in my role both from the public and my colleagues, and can see how the police at Burnham work effectively as a team."

Burnham Police Station can be contacted on 0845 456 7000.

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select for FULL storySupporting role on film

A fly-on-the-wall documentary about the life of Oxford's police community support officers is being filmed for ITV.

A crew is spending 10 weeks filming the nine PCSOs who work for the city's three teams in Barton, Blackbird Leys and East Oxford for the series entitled Beat: Life on the Street.

The programme is part of a national recruitment drive for PCSOs and programme makers have received funding from the Home Office to produce the series of six half hour programmes.

PCSOs are being filmed at home as well as at work - last week they were filmed at St Giles Fair, Blackbird Leys Parish Council and on the streets of Barton. A separate crew are also filming in Preston, Lancashire.

It comes after another fly-on-the-wall series set in Oxford, The Singing Estate, which followed amateur singers in Blackbird Leys rehearsing then performing at the Albert Hall.

Beat series producer Jules Seymour said: "We are following the sort of things they come across on a day-to-day basis and how they react with the community, but also the quirky aspects of their day job and the different characters they speak to.

"The PCSOs are all great - really good, strong characters who are really committed to the job.

"The reason we chose to film in Oxford is because it has a very diverse community.

"There are the dreaming spires in the centre and the estates which people don't hear much about on the periphery."

Rachel Semczyszyn, who has been a police community support officer in Barton for just over a year, is one of the PCSOs being filmed.

She said: "Having the film crew around is a bit strange really, it has taken a bit of getting used to and we have to get people's consent every time we speak to someone.

"The first time it was really uncomfortable and a bit odd.

"But after you have done it once or twice it comes naturally and I just talk to the producer about things.

"A few people don't like it, but a lot of the jobs we deal with are not that serious so they are happy for their pictures to be shown."

Police spokesman Rachel McQuilliam said: "There are PCSOs all over the country, so it is quite lucky to have been chosen.

"We worked very closely with them (the television company) before they began filming to ensure the guidelines were set down so everyone knew how it would work for both sides.

"The PCSOs have been very enthusiastic about their job and really welcome the opportunity to show the general public what is so great about it. We are very pleased to be involved."

The series is due to be screened on ITV1 from the beginning of next month

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Select for full storyRobin Greatorex has been named as the winner of Bromley’s Best Bobby/PCSO.

The PCSO, who is part of Penge and Cator’s safer neighbourhood team, had two nominations, one from Diane Willis, who said: “He talks to all of the kids, on their level. He comes into the local cafe, has a laugh with them. He knows everyone by name.”

The 33-year-old was surprised to have been nominated and on finding out he won, he said: “It’s a bit of a shock really.”

Mr Greatorex, who has been a PCSO for two-and-a-half-years, was given a Commissioner’s Commendation two years ago when he chased after a thief while he was off duty.

News Shopper Editor, Andrew Parkes, said: “We were drawn to Robin because of his friendly, approachable nature. Select for full story

“He is truly one of the traditional coppers who knows everyone by name.

“We wish him all the best as Bromley’s Best.”

Diane Willis said: "He talks to all of the kids, on their level. He comes into the cafe and has a laugh with them. He knows everyone by name."

The 33-year-old said he was "a bit surprised" to have been nominated.

He joked: "I didn't think they liked me around here."

13-year-olds caught boozing in drink dens

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By Andrea Thompson

CHILDREN as young as 13 have been caught with alcohol during a month-long crackdown on young drinkers and the licensees who supply them.

The names of over 150 youngsters have been added to a police anti-social behaviour base as a result of Operation Valise, during which officers seized a haul of alcohol from drunken teenagers.

Children were caught drinking in areas including Castle Park, Mount Pleasant steps, Rosemary Lane and the skate park in Whitehaven, Ribton Moorside at Hensingham and the Mirehouse estate.

Some had even created special “drinking dens” in trees and bushes.

Police support community officer David Nixon, who ran the operation, said: “The problem is the behaviour that goes with the drinking and the intimidation of residents. We have found girls and boys in a very drunken state.

“Youths have been found fighting and with cannabis.”

Officers have taken details of over 150 youngsters who they will visit at home and issue official warnings.

Some will also be asked to sign Acceptable Behaviour Contracts in an attempt to stop their behaviour before it leads to them being issued with an Asbo.

“Parents need to be aware of what is going on and where their kids are because they could also get into trouble,” said PCSO Nixon.

He added: “These kids tell me they have nothing else to do but I say they must have more ambition than that and that there is more to life than getting drunk.

“Some parents are not aware of their children’s behaviour and we want them to be aware for their own safety.”

In a further attempt to tackle the underage drinking problem, officers will be concentrating on alcohol ‘hotspots’ in Whitehaven – d targeting them one by one.

They will also be carrying out undercover sting operations – or test purchasing – with Trading Standards to check licensees and shopkeepers are not selling to people underage.

Anyone caught doing this will be given an on-the-spot fine and warned that they could lose their licence.

Operation Valise follows the success of Operation Bobbin, which was run in Whitehaven at the end of May.

Then, officers seized 120 cans of lager, eight bottles of wine, 15 alcopops and a bottle of whisky from teen drinkers in Castle Park, while two 12-year-old girls were caught with four bottles of wine and six alcopops.

PCSO Nixon said: “The message is underage drinking has to stop.”

Anyone with information or who witnesses anti-social behaviour should call police on 0845 3300247.


select for further details Drive to recruit 10,000 PCSOs

A campaign to recruit 10,000 more Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has begun in England and Wales. The poster campaign is part of the government's pledge to have 16,000 PCOSs by next year.

Launching the drive, Home Secretary John Reid urged members of the public to sign up.

The campaign is running in Birmingham, Bristol, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Cardiff and Hull.

"Police Community Support Officers have been a welcome addition to our communities," said the home secretary.

"Their uniformed presence on our streets makes a real difference in driving down low-level crime and anti-social behaviour."

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Police Community Support Supervisors

Person Spec - Role Profile
BAND D - £20,214 - £23,151 pa + 12½ % shift allowance + weekend working allowance

You will manage a team of Police Community Support Officers, including the allocation of duties, motivating your team and ensuring the delivery of a quality service. You will also take responsibility for welfare and discipline issues and staff appraisal. In addition you will undertake the duties of a Police Community Support Officer.

You must have at least three years previous experience of working with the public and of supervising other staff. You will be expected to motivate your team and have previous experience of dealing with staffing issues such as welfare and discipline. Ideally you will have a supervisory/management qualification. In addition you will possess all of the qualities outlined for the Police Community Support Officers (as above).

If you are interested in applying to be a PCSO Supervisor, an application form, role profile and person specification can be obtained by writing to PCSO Recruiting Officers, Recruiting Department, South Yorkshire Police, Snig Hill Sheffield S3 8LY, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope to the value of 49p.

Interviews will be held: w/c Monday 9 October 2006

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select for further informationPCSOs: 'a vital link in chain'

The recruitment of more Police Community Support Officers could be vital to a neighbourhood policing scheme which is set to be rolled out across Oxfordshire.

A national PCSO recruitment campaign was launched on Monday, with television and radio advertising.

Thames Valley Police have accepted £13.3m Government funding for 568 PCSOs over the next two years.

Oxfordshire police commander, Chief Supt David McWhirter, said the county already had 48, and it was hoped that a further 72 would be added.

Failure to recruit that number could scupper plans for 78 neighbourhood policing teams - teams of police officers and PCSOs who serve particular areas - in the county.

Mr McWhirter said he expected all Oxfordshire's neighbourhood policing teams to be in place by November 2007, in time for the Government deadline of March 2008.

He said: "We have been asked to ringfence 50 police officers, who, unless Great Britain goes to war, will be working on neighbourhood policing.

"That is coming together but there will have to be a decision about what should happen if PCSO recruitment does not go as well as we want."

Thames Valley Police Acting Chief Constable Sara Thornton said that since launching its own PCSO recruitment drive in April, the force had received more than 950 requests for information packs.

She said: "The PCSOs we already have in the Thames Valley have made a real difference to the communities where they work and are much appreciated by local residents.

"Many of the issues they deal with, like antisocial behaviour, are exactly the sorts of things that people want sorted out locally but which police officers are sometimes too busy to deal with.

"Ideally what we are looking for is individuals who are confident and level headed, enjoy working with people and as part of a team, and who are willing and able to deal with difficult people, problems and situations."

To get a PCSO application pack visit the website or call 0845 600 0925.

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117 Honda Civics for MET PCSOs
August 19, 2006

Honda (UK) has secured Britain's biggest ever fleet deal for hybrid cars. The Metropolitan Police has ordered 117 Honda Civic Hybrids for its Community Support Officers to use as part of a Safer Neighbourhoods scheme – an initiative to increase police presence on the streets. Officers will use the cars to travel from their operational bases to the start of their foot patrols.

The deal underlines the public sector’s growing interest in ‘greener’ vehicles. Over the past year, the Honda (UK) Corporate Sales department has seen a sharp increase in the number of quotations requested by agencies and organisations in the public sector.

Honda's petrol-electric Civic Hybrid was selected by the Metropolitan Police for its ease of use and strong environmental credentials.

select for TOPIC on this Speaking at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers Conference, Stuart Middleton, Director of Transport Services at the Met Police, said the Hybrids would help "meet police requirements and at the same time fulfil social responsibility to try and make our fleet of vehicles as green as possible. The police, like many other like-minded people, want to do their bit."

The fact that hybrid cars are becoming more financially viable was also a key influencer. Middleton explained: "We need to balance the desire to produce a vehicle with the lowest environmental impact with the cost to the tax payer that funds the vehicles."

He continued: "It’s now widely acknowledged that hybrids provide the middle stepping stone to hydrogen fuel cell cars – our long term goal. Hybrid technology utilises a vehicle that performs in the same way as a conventional car but has the advantage of a reduced emissions footprint."

Leased through the Lex ‘Emergency Services VT fleet’, the cars are contracted for a two year, 24,000-mile period.

Honda announced earlier this year that it intends to build a small, purpose-built, family-sized hybrid car in 2009.

The Civic Hybrid went on sale in the UK in April 2006.

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ZOOOOOOM this image, just click here 400 new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to work alongside police officers in Avon and Somerset

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Could you help make the neighbourhoods of Avon and Somerset safer and stronger? That is the question being asked by police as they launch a massive drive to recruit nearly 400 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to work alongside police officers throughout the force.

The new officers will support police officers, carrying out foot patrols and working with communities to tackle local problems.

The PCSOs are being recruited in preparation for the force's roll-out of Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods, a new approach to reducing crime and the fear of crime, which will be launched across the country by March 2008.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Mortimore, in charge of delivering Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods in Avon and Somerset, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for those with the passion and drive to really make a difference in our communities to join us at the start of a new phase in policing, which is set to change the way we tackle low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

"Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods is all about team work – the PCSOs will play a crucial part in supporting the work of the Neighbourhood Beat Manager, a police officer with overall responsibility for reducing crime in a dedicated area. They, in turn, will be joined by Special Constables, who are volunteers, and the team will work closely with neighbourhood watch members and council services to provide a complete response to any local issues.

"The role of a PCSO is vital to this team and their work is very varied. We are looking for people of all ages, who represent all of our communities, who enjoy and are confident in dealing with the public and, most importantly, are passionate about making a difference."

Dr Moira Hamlin, Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Authority, which ensures local people have a say in how they are policed, said: "The most effective way to ensure that all our communities have a say in local policing is for the force to be truly representative of those communities.

"We are seeking applications from every community within our force area, and I would particularly encourage those of you from black and minority ethnic groups, and women, to apply to become a PCSO and join the policing partnership."

The force aims to recruit 387 PCSOs by March 2008, making a total of 540. Nationally, 16,000 additional PCSOs are being recruited onto Britain's streets.

To find out more about becoming a PCSO, visit or call 01275 816046.

Modern bobbies on the beat
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CRITICS have called them “plastic policemen" but Leesa Heron proves there is much more to being a police community support officer.

Leesa, 27, left a nine-to-five job as a land changes and licensing officer at Allerdale council 18 months ago.

She had been in her office-bound job since leaving school and was looking for a new challenge.

She had always been interested in working as part of a police team and the new position of community support officer gave her the opportunity.

If she was looking for variety she got it. A typical day can include anything from dealing with the closure of houses used by drug peddlers to visiting schools to build relationships with the children.

When the government announced the appointment of support officers, detractors referred to the new position as “plastic policemen", or policing on the cheap.

But Cumbria is looking to recruit 93 more. Maryport already has two but Sergeant Joe Stamper said he would be pleased to take many more because they had proved to be invaluable.

Police community support officers are uniformed staff whose role is to support police officers and work within their local communities.

They help the police in areas that need a level of police presence, but not necessarily the expertise of a trained police officer.

They free up some of the time that police officers might spend on routine tasks or low-level crime.

Although the officers have limited powers, and do not carry batons or handcuffs, their job is no less rewarding than the fully-fledged police officers they work beside, Leesa said.

She said: “When a local youth was causing a constant nuisance, setting fires, causing criminal damage and causing fear on one estate in Maryport, I worked closely with the housing association and an anti-social behaviour order was obtained on the 13-year-old. As a result, the area improved dramatically."

The community officers are the modern bobbies on the beat, Sgt Stamper says, and Leesa hopes this is true.

A large part of her job is getting to know people and to develop mutual respect. She wants the people of Maryport and district to feel they can trust her and come to her with problems.

She works with parish councils. In Oughterside, for example, a speed restriction campaign will start soon as a result of a partnership formed by Leesa, between police and the parish.

She added: “Just popping your head into someone's home, school, or shop makes a person feel reassured and safe. “It helps to decrease the fear of crime within the community and assists me and, in turn the station officers, to become aware of what is happening within the community and if there are any issues that need to be addressed.”

It has taken time, she says, but now regular police officers respect their community colleagues and recognise them for the invaluable support they can give.

For more information on becoming a PCSO and for an application form, call 01768 217095.

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Monday, 7 August 2006
Support officers' stab vest fear

The lives of police community support officers (PCSOs) are being put at risk as police chiefs refuse to issue them with stab vests, their union claims. Unison said some of the PCSOs in the West Midlands, who support full-time officers, were frightened at work as they were not properly protected.

The union said PCSOs in the Warwickshire, Staffordshire and West Mercia forces did get body armour.

West Midlands police said the PCSO role meant they did not need the vests.

Annette Mansell-Green of Unison said: "Without these vests an officer could end up being killed or seriously injured.

No distinction

"Our members say they are frightened and worried, we think they should be properly protected at work.

"The officers may have a non-confrontational role, but members of the public don't distinguish them from full-time police officers and they confront PCSOs."

There are 305 police community support officers in the West Midlands force area who patrol in uniform.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "The role of PCSOs is to primarily provide reassurance, help prevent offences and reduce the fear of crime.

"They are not deployed to confrontational incidents.

"The number of assaults on PCSOs is extremely low which demonstrates they are working within their remit."

She added that the officers did not have powers of detention.

But their role was being reviewed and all aspects of their work would be considered.


please select for Herts Police Site HERTS POLICE OPEN DAY

Sunday, August 6.
IN a bid to recruit more police community support officers for Hemel Hempstead and the rest of the county police are holding an open day next Saturday

Hertfordshire Constabulary will be holding an open day next weekend (Saturday August 12) to provide visitors with an insight into this challenging role.

The event takes place at the Stanborough Road Headquarters site in Welwyn Garden City between 10am and 2pm and is open to anyone who is interested in becoming a PCSO. Several PCSOs will be on hand to chat to visitors about their role, as will the recruitment team and trainers.

PCSOs provide a visible, reassuring presence in communities across the county and have proven invaluable at forging strong links with partner agencies and local residents. They conduct high visibility foot patrols to prevent public disorder and nuisance and respond to requests for assistance from the public to deal with anti-social behaviour.

Claire Fordham, Recruitment and Project Manager, who oversees the recruitment of PCSOs said: "It's a role that calls for strong powers of observation, communication, judgement and problem-solving, plus a fair degree of personal maturity. It goes without saying that you'll also be very enthused by the idea of making a real difference to the quality of life within your community."

Hertfordshire Constabulary is actively recruiting new PCSOs, to be funded by central government and some of Hertfordshire's local authorities.

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Community officers arrive in Sandy

Say 'ello, 'ello, 'ello to Sandy's two new community police officers who are now on the beat.

PCSOs Stacey Underwood and Victoria Sneath will spend the majority of their time in the town tackling anti social behaviour and issues that affect residents' quality of life.

They are part of a new batch of community officers being introduced across Bedfordshire this year as part of the Government's Safer Neighbourhoods drive.

While they are funded largely by the Home Office, Sandy Town Council is paying £10,000 to give the town greater coverage.

Victoria, 26, said: "It is all about having bobbies on the beat again and taking the pressure off the regular officers who have a lot of paperwork to do now and don't get the chance to do the nicer side of the job of walking around chatting to people.

"Our focus will also be intelligence gathering and we hope to build up a rapport with the community so they will trust us."

Community Support Officers can not arrest people but can issue on the spot fines for minor offences like graffiti, remove or seize vehicles and confiscate drugs and alcohol.

But police say the main benefit is to reassure people and improve communication with the public.

Victoria and Stacey can be reached by calling 01234 842544.

See the July 28 edition of the Biggleswade Chronicle for more on this story.

31 July 2006

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CIVILIAN detention officer Rachel Dawson has played her "get out of jail card" and landed a new job as a police community support officer in Burnley.

Rachel, who worked as a detention officer in the custody suite at Burnley Police Station for the past two years, has now said "so long" to the cells and joined the team policing Briercliffe, Worsthorne and Cliviger.

The 23-year-old, who has also worked as a sales administrator, will replace community support officer Dave Johnson who has moved on to a new area.

She will patrol alongside community beat managers PC Ian Thompson and PC Glynn Grey as well as a team of neighbourhood response officers.

Her role will be to help reduce crime levels and to provide a reassuring police presence for residents.

She said: "I want to be a friendly face out on the beat, someone that both young and old feel comfortable approaching.
"Having worked at Burnley for the past two years I already know many of the officers patrolling the area so I am now looking forward to working alongside them to help keep the local community safe.
"Of course, I also know who's visited custody in the past and I will be doing my best to ensure that they stay out of trouble."

Rachel, who lives in Pendle, enjoys running, visiting the gym and taking part in sports, when she is not working.

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Police Community Support Officers in Grantham are trialling an electrically powered bicycle for use on their patrols.
The role of the PCSOs is to conduct high visibility patrols, but a car is often needed to transport the officers as they cannot cover all the distances on foot.

To resolve this problem, PCSO Stuart McBride brought an article in the Police Professional magazine relating to the battery-assisted bike to the attention of sector sergeant Neil Holt.

The bike can be used as normal, or can be battery assisted and has a top speed of approximately 15 miles per hour.

Sgt Holt contacted the company,, who offered him a free week's trial.

Sgt Holt said: "If the trial is successful, we will be looking into purchasing a number of these bikes for the PCSOs."

Mr McBride said: "It will be much easier to stop and talk to the local residents if I am out on the bike than if I was in the car."

It costs Grantham Police a substantial amount each year to run their fleet of vehicles and to purchase one of these bikes would be 10 times cheaper than another car.

The bikes have the added benefit of being much more environmentally friendly.

If any local businesses or parish councils are interested in sponsoring a bike they can contact Sgt Holt at Grantham Police Station (Tel: 01476 402222).
04 July 2006                

select for FULL STORY Jews wanted by police

by: Leslie Bunder

London's Metropolitan Police is looking to recruit more police community support officers (PCSO) from London's ethnic communities including Jewish Londoners.

It hopes an additional 1500 people will take on the roll as part of the extension of the Safer Neighbourhood project which sees three police officers supported by three support officers dedicated to an area.

Police community support officers can earn up to £25,000 a year and are entitled to a number of benefits including free bus travel.

A recruitment day taking place this Friday between 9am and 4pm as well as on Saturday in south east London aims to provide information to the public on the role of a support officer and what opportunities there are.

"PCSOs contribute to policing in London by providing a visible and reassuring presence," said Chief Superintendent Steve Bloomfield, head of the Safer Neighbourhoods Programme. "They also play a vital role in Safer Neighbourhoods Teams where they work alongside Police Officers. The teams work with the local community to identify and tackle local problems such as anti-social behaviour or graffiti."                 

select for full storyBattle against estate crime goes up a gear
COPS on Kirkby's Coxmoor estate have taken their fight against crime up a gear — by tracking down crooks on new electric-powered mountain bikes!

They are among the first officers in the country to use the new 'e-bikes', which can reach speeds of 15mph and allow them to reach the parts of the neighbourhood which cars struggle to reach.

Sgt Nick Butler, who leads the police team on Coxmoor, told Chad this week: "We have been using conventional bikes for several years to patrol the neighbourhood, but the additional power of these new cycles gives us that edge on steep inclines and allows us to respond to incidents quicker. "Residents like to see us out and about on the bikes as it makes us much more approachable."

Nottinghamshire Police is one of just three forces in the country to try out the new e-bikes, which are environmentally friendly and also help officers to stay in shape. The Coxmoor police team has four of the £700 machines, which have been paid for by the Ashfield Partnership Against Crime and Kirkby Neighbourhood Management. They are being used by police and community support officers to continue their work on the Coxmoor Community Safety Project, a police programme launched in April 2005 to reduce crime on the estate.

The scheme has already seen burglary rates on Coxmoor plummet by a third in its first year — from 349 in 2004/05 to 236 in 2005/06 — and has also provided £20,000 for home security improvements and £60,000 to revamp two play areas. The hard work of the estate's police team has seen one key member, police support officer Chris Morris, rewarded for his efforts with a Force Apex Award for community policing. "It is nice to know people think I am making a difference and that they can trust me and everyone else in the team to do our best for them," he said.

21 June 2006

Plodcast for police recruitment 

13 June 2006 23:49

WEST Midlands Police will be attracting a new audience to their latest recruitment campaign … with their own 'Plodcast' - a take on the worldwide
'Podcast' craze.
Podcasting is a way to receive audio files over the Internet which you can either listen to on your desktop, or transfer to a portable media player such as an iPod.
Darren Yates, who works at police headquarters, will present a fun, but factual show every fortnight to discuss the diverse career opportunities within the force.
He said: "Plodcasting is an exciting opportunity for us to really promote police recruitment, especially to the younger audience. It’s a chance for us to give real insights into the various roles within the police service for those interested in applying."
The show will include emails and letters from budding recruits, competitions and interviews with police officers, special constables, police community support officers (PCSOs) and police staff.
With the force looking to recruit more than 500 PCSOs over the next twelve months, the first ten-minute plodcast will explore the role of PCSOs.
The premiere plodcast is now available to listen/download.


Chris Singleton, 18, from Lower Stratton Chris finds himself in the Army
By Anthony Osborne

A TEENAGER has achieved his ambition after a helping hand from one of the town's police community support officers.

Chris Singleton, 18, from Lower Stratton has just passed out after completing his army training at Catterick and is joining the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire regiment at Bulford Camp, Wiltshire this week.

It follows six months of hard training, and fitness building but he admits he had no idea what to expect. He said: "I have always wanted to join the army, because I will get to travel.

"I know I will enjoy it, but I don't know what to expect over the next few weeks, so I am going to keep my head down and get on with it."

Joining up was the culmination of 18 months' work and came about when he was approached by Mandi Coles, the police community support officer in Stratton.
She said: "Stratton is my beat area and I try to meet up and get to know as many of the young people as I can.
"One day I got talking to Chris and he mentioned he wanted to join the army. One day I spotted an army preparation course pack in the Youth Offending Team office and passed it on to him and he actually went and did it."

"Without Mandi's help, I don't think I would have got this far," said Chris. "I was really nervous about going along to the recruiting office and signing up, but the preparation course really helped.
"There was a bit of a nail-biting time after the preparation course after I had a leg injury and there was a lot of talk between the civvy doctors and the army doctors but that went and I completed the training.
"They will teach me to drive and there will be some great opportunities to play sports too."

Mandi added: "I am really proud to have played a small role in getting him on the course, he's a good lad, and has a bright future ahead of him."

Chris's mum Mandy, 44, agreed, "I am really proud of him joining up, and we were all up there to see him at his passing out parade.
"We even took the video camera along but I was so nervous, the footage is quivering all over the place."

Later this year, Chris is heading off to Canada and in April he is expecting to head out for a tour of duty in Iraq.

9:49am Tuesday 30th May 2006               

New PCSOs push safety on the buses

select for full story INCREASED funding from Birmingham’s Community Safety Partnership has boosted the Safer Travel Team by almost a third.

Funding in the region of £400,000 a year has helped pay for 10 new police community support officers to join the team. They will focus on public reassurance, crime reduction and community safety on the bus network and associated corridors of the West Midlands. The team provided a major boost to Operation Trojan, a crime reduction campaign centred on children returning to school in the New Year.

As part of the operation, which ran for the whole of January, they ran specific crime reduction and reassurance patrols on the bus network across Birmingham and gave presentations in schools on bus codes of conduct and crime prevention advice. The Safer Travel Team are available to help tackle crime issues on the bus network as part of other operations.


select to view full storyParish buys PCSO bikes
By Matt Wilkinson

A parish council had to step in to buy bicycles for its police community support officers after both the police and the Government said they would not pay for them.

PCSOs have become the number one source of information for police tackling anti- social behaviour and drugs since they were introduced in Blackbird Leys a year ago.

Despite the PCSOs costing the force £100,000 a year, neither the police nor Government would agree to pay for four bicycles to help the officers get around the estate more quickly.
Now money handed over by Blackbird Leys Parish Council will fund four new bicycles at a total cost of £1,000. The bikes will belong to the parish council, and will not be allowed to be used by officers in the rest of Oxford.

Parish council chairman Brian Lester said: "They say it helps with crime prevention because they are more mobile. We feel it is a good idea and will help them in their role. "Questions were raised as to whether the police or Government should be supplying these bikes but the parish council believed it was a good use of taxpayers' money. "Our apprehension was one of the reasons we made sure the bikes could only be used on the estate and not used by the rest of the force in other areas of the city."

The four PCSOs first patrolled Blackbird Leys in May 2005, as part of a citywide initiative and move towards neighbourhood policing. They already receive free bus rides and have been praised by police and councils for collecting information and being a visible presence. Bikes used to help the officers get round the estate this year were borrowed from colleagues at Cowley police station.

A police spokesman said: "Four bikes have been sponsored by the parish council to enable the police community support officers to cover a bigger area and proactively deal with antisocial behaviour in a more timely fashion. "This is a clear example of partner agencies working together and we are very grateful that they have chosen to help support our police teams which will be of great benefit to residents of Blackbird Leys. "There is a budget to support PCSOs and the force is currently considering any extra funding that would be needed to help PCSO's do their jobs more effectively."

Last year businesses and locals rallied round to raise £4,000 to provide bicycles and stab proof vests for police officers in East Oxford. During the summer Wallingford Town Council spent £500 on providing local officers with bikes.
8:55am Friday 19th May 2006                

Police hit the streets for their first briefing

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POLICING in Ripley hit the streets last Friday as officers held their first outdoor street briefing.
The briefing at Ripley Market Place enabled residents to meet officers, hear updates on ongoing incidents and ask questions.
Ripley section inspector Steve Hobbs said: "This is the first street briefing we have done. We decided to hold it at Ripley Market Place on market day because we wanted to attract a wide range of people. "We will eventually hold these briefings across the area, for example, we could just poll up on a road in Heanor and hold a briefing. "We make a lot of decisions which effect the community, so we have decided to go out and involve the community."

The sunny weather aided the success of this first briefing, helping to draw in upwards of 30 people who stopped to listen. During the briefing, crime prevention officer John Fahey gave advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime and issued special marker kits to owners of satellite navigation systems.

In full view of the public, patrol sergeant Darran Burford assigned jobs to his beat officers and police community support officers. These included parking problems on Oxford Street and a house burglary. Ripley beat officer Ian Wheelwright, added: "I could spend all day everyday dealing with parking issues. Oxford Street is one of the biggest problems and an enforcement campaign has started."

Ripley PCSO Sarah Dufton ended the 40 minute briefing by explaining how she plans to go into schools to talk to pupils about anti-social behaviour and the typical action taken against offenders.
Street briefings were first conceived on the streets of Chicago and are gradually becoming more common. They are part of the drive by police forces to implement the Government's neighbourhood policing plan.
18 May 2006

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