ANY PCSO's BASED AT A UNIVERSITY???

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Post by charleyd » Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:43 pm

falkor wrote:Six more feet for the campus beat Jan 24 2006

THE new face of law enforcement is taking shape by degrees at Reading University after three police community support officers began patrolling the campus.

Woodley man Jason Gregory, Becky Platt and Charley Dugdale from Basingstoke, began their patrols last week after completing their training with flying colours.

The trio are employed through a rare funding deal between Reading University and the Thames Valley Police Authority and will soon be joined by a fourth recruit.

Reading east area Sergeant Mick Park, said: "We work hard to ensure the safety of students and their property, both on the campus and also when they are out and about in Reading borough.

"The PCSOs will be essential for continuing to deliver this and I know they are looking forward to the new challenge."


Charley Dugdale has set her sights on one day becoming a full-time police officer but for now she is looking forward to settling into her new role.


The 19-year-old said: "This is a busy area and there's always something going on. I'm really keen to develop the excellent relationship that already exists between the police and the university."


Colleague Becky Platt, 22, is looking forward to improving the quality of life for Reading University students and passing on top crime prevention tips.


Becky said: "When I walked around the campus with officers who have been here for a while, they seemed to know everyone.


"I'm looking forward to getting knowledge like that."


Jason Gregory is keen to get stuck in tackling under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour as a PCSO and hopes to make his career in the regular police force.


The 19-year-old said: "I'm really looking forward to getting out and about, making myself well known and building relationships."

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Ha ha that s me!!!! i'm 23 but i do like the fact that they knocked a few years of!!!!
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Re: ANY PCSO's BASED AT A UNIVERSITY???

Post by falkor » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:09 pm

Four new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will begin patrols of University property next week in an unprecedented joint deal between Thames Valley Police and Oxford University.

Sophie Pitman
Thursday, 17 April 2008

The two-year, £120,000 contract has sparked controversy with college authorities after the national press incorrectly reported that the PCSOs would have unlimited access to college grounds. Locally, The Oxford Mail reported that “they will be allowed to wander freely around the courtyards corridors and student accommodation.”

The news created tension between the individual colleges and the University; college authorities traditionally guard their independence fiercely.

A member of security staff at one college said, “A student told me about plans to allow police into Colleges. I haven't heard anything about it, neither has my head of house. And I assume that the University security services would be ticked off by this sort of thing.”


A Domestic Bursar at another college said, “We should know if they're coming into our premises. They won't be coming in here unless we allow it and I doubt very much if we would.”

The Oxford Mail’s story, which sparked the national press coverage, created a storm of controversy as it was published before the final contract had been signed, and before the details had been finalised.

"Bit of a flurry"

A decision has since been reached that the PCSOs will not be given unlimited access to college grounds but will be allowed to look around colleges once granted permission.

A University spokesperson admitted that, “there was a bit of a flurry with the college bursars.”

Karen Tarrant, lodge manager of Jesus College, who previously worked with the police, agreed that things had grown out of proportion. However she added that the PCSOs are a step in the right direction, saying, “I will welcome them in for a cup of tea and a chat…Other colleges may not be so open minded, but if they do not want to invite the PCSOs into their grounds, then that is their choice.”

The Principal Proctor’s Office have clarified the information and sent notification to Colleges to explain the specific responsibilities of the PCSOs affiliated with the University. Their main responsibility will be to support regular police officers, and provide a visible presence.

No power of arrest

Although they do not have the power of arrest, they are equipped with radios and will call for assistance where necessary. They are also allowed to detain a suspect until the police arrive.

The PCSOs have said they will issue fixed penalty notices, confiscate alcohol and tobacco, remove abandoned vehicles and demand the name and address of anyone behaving in an anti-social manner.

Police press officer Toby Shergold said that the PCSOs are “expected to speak to people around colleges, find out security potholes, protect students and garner intelligence.”

Shergold added, “this is not just to respond to specific incidents but to correspond with other policing to provide a physical police presence within the University. The University will have a say in where they concentrate PCSOs. It’s more about being close to the community and establishing a relationship.”

A spokesperson for the University called the coverage said, “It’s a question of having good relations and supporting the police. It’s been in the pipeline for a while and the University is always in close contact with the police.”

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Post by Big Brother » Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:14 pm

I've just been given the job as schools PCSO for my area. I'll be covering 4 schools alongside the schools officer who'll cover a different 4. Start my training in a month or so!
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Re: ANY PCSO's BASED AT A UNIVERSITY???

Post by Arthur ASCII » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:03 pm

falkor wrote:The two-year, £120,000 contract has sparked controversy with college authorities after the national press incorrectly reported that the PCSOs would have unlimited access to college grounds. Locally, The Oxford Mail reported that “they will be allowed to wander freely around the courtyards corridors and student accommodation.”

The news created tension between the individual colleges and the University; college authorities traditionally guard their independence fiercely.

A member of security staff at one college said, “A student told me about plans to allow police into Colleges. I haven't heard anything about it, neither has my head of house. And I assume that the University security services would be ticked off by this sort of thing.”


A Domestic Bursar at another college said, “We should know if they're coming into our premises. They won't be coming in here unless we allow it and I doubt very much if we would.”

The Oxford Mail’s story, which sparked the national press coverage, created a storm of controversy as it was published before the final contract had been signed, and before the details had been finalised.

"Bit of a flurry"

A decision has since been reached that the PCSOs will not be given unlimited access to college grounds but will be allowed to look around colleges once granted permission.

A University spokesperson admitted that, “there was a bit of a flurry with the college bursars.”


My beat includes a University campus, but it's also my Alma Mater so I don't reckon they mind me patrolling around (Although I always pop into the security ofiice first - it's a matter of courtesy).

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PCSO hospital position introduced in Kent

Post by falkor » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:18 pm

PCSO hospital position introduced in Kent
18 March 2010 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8574114.stm
A hospital in Kent has introduced a permanent Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) on site.

[ external image ] PCSO Joe Ford is based at Medway Maritime Hospital and represents the local police force.

It is hoped his presence will provide support for patients and staff and help to reduce crime on the site.

Mr Ford said he would work as a mediator to raise patients' concerns if they did not have chance to attend meetings or contact police.

Gareth Hughes, head of facilities at Medway NHS Foundation Trust said an on-site PCSO would ensure that "all incidents are dealt with immediately".
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Re: ANY PCSO's BASED AT A UNIVERSITY???

Post by Big Brother » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:43 pm

It's a sad indictment of society when police officers and security guards need to be stationed in hospitals.
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