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Community Support Officer of the Year Award goes to Karen Ballard, of West Midlands Police for her constant enthusiasm and dedication, going the extra mile to improve the quality of life for local residents. (This award category was newly introduced this year to recognise personal skills in adding value to communities, local initiatives introduced and any demonstration of excellent working relationships with communities.)
23 November 2007
WINNERS OF JANE’S POLICE REVIEW GALA AWARDS ANNOUNCED
London, 23 November 2007 – The winners of the prestigious Jane’s Police Review Gala Awards were announced on 23 November in a glittering ceremony in London.
Yes, there are things we are not trained to do and of course there are times when it is more appropriate to call for back up than handle something yourself. In my role I find that more often than not, I am frontline and I have been called to act fast on several occasions including being the first on scene at a suicide attempt which thankfully had a happy ending. I am so tired of the stick we get in the Federation magazine. One quote I read said "PCSO's are a bad experiment and should be scrapped". I would reply to the critics and say we are out there, we're representing the Police and for the most part doing a damned good job of deterring crime. I'm sure the elderly lady who I gave advice to last week on the safety of her purse would agree. Or the mother of the little girl lost in the shopping centre who was delivered safely back to her after I was quickly able to alert retail staff I had got her.
Since when do regular officers have time to stand and chat to members of the public? Tied up with prisoners and paperwork it is usually the PCSO that has to put the public's mind at ease. I love my job. Every day is a challenge. One day I may be at an RTC, the next on top of a Car Park. Or, as has happened so often, been the first to spot a WANTED person going about his or her day. Leave us alone. Let us do what we're trained to do, give us more training to cope with the things we're not, and who knows we may well surprise.
14 Nov 2007
British Transport Police Deputy Chief Constable Andy Trotter today came out in support of Police Community Support Officers warning that undermining them makes their job more difficult.
‘PCSOs have a crucial and increasing role to play in policing. They are not police officers and not a substitute for them and we don’t pretend they are, but the constant undermining of their role and authority only serves the interests of yobs and criminals,’ he said.
‘PCSOs are doing a good job and there are many people out there who are a lot healthier than they would be, but for their intervention.’
DCC Trotter pointed to the recent heroic actions of one of BTP’s longest serving PCSOs. Jay, who is based at London’s Waterloo station, was one of the first intake of PCSOs into BTP in 2005. Last week (Friday, 5 October), shortly after midnight, he was on his way home from work when he intervened to help a young man being attacked on a bus in Woolwich.
Jay had boarded the bus at Woolwich station and a stop later a white male got on and racially abused the driver. He went upstairs and a short while later people from the top deck came back down the stairs as a fight had broken out. Jay went to see if he could help and found a black youth being attacked by the white male. Having identified himself and tried to warn the male off, Jay was himself abused and told he would get the same treatment. Jay then grappled with the assailant and detained him for 10 minutes until local police arrived to arrest him, sustaining several injuries in the process.
Asked if he was scared, Jay, who is 54, said: ‘It is part of the job. I managed to secure him and twist his arm behind him until the Met arrived. A similar thing happened last week at Waterloo International, you get used to it.’
Dec 27 2007 by Vince Gledhill, Evening Chronicle
Michael Barnes lost his job with Northumbria Police when he was charged with assault. He had been accused of grabbing the 12-year-old boy by the throat, lifting him then dropping him to the ground.
Mr Barnes maintained he was the victim of mistaken identity.
Magistrates at Bedlington court found him not guilty, concluding there had been important “discrepancies” in evidence given by prosecution witnesses.
Now Mr Barnes is considering making a formal complaint about the way the case was investigated by Northumbria Police.
At the end of a two-day hearing Mr Barnes, 28, of Tangmere Close, Cramlington, said: “I am pleased that it is over. I have now to begin my life and career over again. I may now get the Independent Police Complaints Commission involved.”
Derek Walden, prosecuting, said the boy, whose father is a serving police officer, had been playing with pals near Portland Gardens in Cramlington on December 29 last year when one of his pals became suspicious about a man they could see nearby. One of the youngsters bent down and pretended to fasten his lace and watched the man in the hope that he would walk past the group.
But giving evidence over a video link, the police officer’s son said that as the man walked by them he turned and grabbed his top and lifted him off the ground before taking hold of his throat. “He squeezed my throat and I thought I was going to pass out,” the boy told magistrates.
He said that the man swore at him and warned the boy that if he came back to the area, or told his parents or police, that he would “kick my head in”. After the boy told his mother what had happened, she confronted Mr Barnes at his home, along with her son.
PC Steven Holmes told magistrates that Barnes had been identified from a series of photos shown to the boy and one of his friends. The friend was taken to Ashington Police Station for the identity process, but PC Holmes went to the home of the policeman’s son for a similar identification process.
Cross-questioned by Mark Humble, for Mr Barnes, he said that he had known that the boy’s mother was to be a witness in the case he would have asked for a different adult to be with the boy during the identification process.
Mr Barnes told the magistrates that the identification process had been “tosh” because the boys who later identified him as the attacker had both spent several minutes getting a good look at him after the alleged attack, while he spoke to the policeman’s wife in his doorway.
Dec 27 2007 view more news view the article
|SURREY’S Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been given new powers in a Government led initiative to provide consistency in
their work across the country.|
Nine extra powers have been added to the 13 that the Force’s 222 PCSOs and 22 Roads PCSOs have been able to exercise up until now as they take on the 20 standard powers introduced nationwide and retain two local ones.
PCSO Manager Inspector David Hollingsworth said: “A lot of people have not really been sure of what a community support officer can and can’t do in relation to low-level enforcement but, with the new standard powers, everyone should know precisely what their role entails.
“Apart from consistency across all forces, the benefit is that PCSOs will also be able to assist in a number of new areas and deal with more of the things that cause concern to local neighbourhoods.
“It is an extremely positive move forward as PCSOs now represent a significant body of people and they are playing an increasingly important role in the community to help tackle local problems.”
THREE of the best – that’s Inspector Richard Bridgman, PC Melanie Sefton and PCSO Andy Bridgman who were nominated by the Surrey Force for the recent Jane’s Police Review Awards. The annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution police officers make in the communities they serve and attract entries from forces around the country.
Competition is always tough and this year was no exception as 159 nominees gathered in London for the gala dinner where the winners of five different categories were announced. Richard, who currently works on Reigate’s TPT team, was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award after playing a pivotal role in many high-profile events. With an “unblemished career” the Force said Richard had “ensured a professional response to a whole spectrum of incidents.”
Mel was nominated for the Student Police Officer of the Year Award. A former PCSO, she was said to have an “impressive arrest and detection rate” and was praised for approaching all policing tasks with “gusto and a willingness to learn.”
Community Support Officer of the Year nominee Andy Bridgman, Horley’s first PCSO, earned his citation for “outstanding initiatives producing tangible benefits for the community” such as a sixa-side football tournament which had helped break down barriers between the police and the community.
All three said they were proud to have been nominated and had a great night at the ceremony accompanied by Chief Superintendent Adrian Harper.
Dec 30, 2007. view more news
from Muslim Weekly - 25.8.07
A Muslim hijabi has been employed by Thames Valley Police to patrol the streets of Oxfordshire as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), it was reported.
Nadia Naeem, a resident of Bicester town in the South East of England, was one of four teenage PCSOs with the power to issue penalty notices, pull over vehicles and stop and search suspects.
The police community support officers were created in 2003 by then Home Secretary David Blunkett to be a high-visibility presence on streets.
Naeem joined the force in February when she was 17.
"What we are seeing in Thames Valley is chief officers and chief constables looking at ways to save money," said Metin Enver, a spokesman for the Police Federation, which represents officers below the rank of superintendent.
Thames Valley PCSOs earn £17,000 £20,000, depending on their work hours while a full PC starts at £21,000, rising to £33,000.
But Enver said hiring "children" constitutes a reckless attitude to public safety.
"By replacing sworn police officers with PCSOs we are not getting the level of maturity and expertise which local people will quite rightly want and deserve," he said.
"If someone does not have the level of expertise or maturity, especially in confrontational or aggressive situations, not only are they putting themselves at risk, but other members of public in danger."
Enver called for a minimum recruitment age for the civilian officers of 18, the same as for regular police officers.
Thames Valley force however insisted that the five PCSOs demonstrated they had the skills needed for the job.
Acting Chief Con Nick Gargan said the recruits were "exceptional people and it would be a shame if more people could not celebrate that fact".
Tony Baldry, the MP whose constituency covers Bicester, said he trusted the police recruitment process.
Will police forces receive that 75% grant for future years and if not how will police forces be expected to pay for the salaries of the newly recruited PCSOs?
Best regards Bob Meadows
This year, we're providing £315m for Neighbourhood policing. This is a 41% increase to provide continuing support towards the cost of PCSOs and getting a dedicated Neighbourhood police team into every area by next April.
Working with police officers themselves, we've already managed to significantly cut the number of forms that police had to fill in, but I'm sure there's more we can do. That's why we asked Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the Chief Inspector of Police to review what more we can do to cut red tape. I know he's been out and about talking to police officers and others and I'm expecting the first part of his report on this in the Autumn so watch this space!
PCSOs ARE BECOMING THE EYES AND EARS OF THE POLICE SERVICE
ANY visitor to the local high street or shopping centre will witness a growing number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) on the beat.
The government has pledged to put 16,000 PCSOs out into communities across England and Wales and is looking for recruits to perform what is one of the most rewarding, interesting and varied roles in the modern police service.
The Home Office is currently running a major recruitment drive to increase PCSO numbers.
PCSOs were introduced in 2002 as part of a nationwide drive towards neighbourhood policing, with the aim of tackling crime and the fear of crime and bringing the police closer to local communities.
PCSOs perform an essential role, which extends the range of activities the police are able to provide to our communities.
It is the job of a PCSO to provide a highly visible, reassuring presence on the streets and to help tackle the anti-social behaviour and minor crimes that concern many people, freeing up frontline police officers to focus on solving more serious crimes. Dedicating at least 80 per cent of their time to public-facing duties, PCSOs provide fresh eyes and ears for the police force in the community. The Home Office is looking for PCSO’s from all backgrounds.
One man who has already taken up the challenge is father of four Dorian Atkins. Atkins has worked as a PCSO for Essex Police for two years. “I’ve had a variety of jobs over the years, ranging from working in a pet shop to being a VIP escort at Harrods, but being a PCSO is the best job I’ve ever had. “I work specifically in the marine section of Essex Police, which means that I’m responsible for patrolling the coastline throughout the day, visiting marinas and beach huts to check everything is OK. I’ve received additional training for sea survival and gone on capsize courses, just in case an incident happens when I’m out on patrol. This kind of training is obviously specific to my role, but when you become a PCSO you receive all kinds of training to help you to do your job.
“Getting the opportunity to interact with members of my community is one of the best aspects of my job. I get a real buzz when people tell me that they feel safer as a result of what we do as PCSOs. “I also get the opportunity to help educate young people about water safety and crime prevention, as I regularly give talks at school fetes, scout meetings and yacht clubs. “Being a PCSO means that you come into contact with people from all walks of life – from the homeless to millionaire yacht owners. As a result, I feel much more rounded as a person, and I have learned not to stereotype people and to be more accepting in general.”
If you’re interested in making a difference to people’s lives, as well as giving your own life a boost, why not consider becoming a PCSO? The police are looking for people from all ages and all backgrounds to apply. Log onto www.policecouldyou.co.uk or call the recruitment helpline on 0845 600 0925 to find out more.
23 April 2007
Wednesday October 17, 2007
Stretton, 52, was working as a supervisor at a factory when she saw an advert for PCSOs in her local paper.
"I was one of those people who had moaned that there weren't enough bobbies on the beat," she says. "I thought I should put my money where my mouth is." Stretton has been a PCSO for four years now, working five days a week - her job is primarily to be out and about in her town, Great Harwood in Lancashire.
PCSOs don't have the same powers as regular police officers; instead they are the eyes and ears of the service, their main job being to provide a bridge between the community and the police.
"We're not enforcers," says Stretton. "I see the job as trying to prevent people, especially young people, from becoming involved in crime. I go into schools to teach road safety and I've got to know all the kids. The adults are the same - they know me. People come up to me and chat, whereas I think they can be a little bit afraid of the formality of a police officer."
Has she ever felt threatened?
"No, not at all. It intimidated me the first time I had to walk through a group of youths, but now I know them all. I've seen them grow up so there's an affection there as well. Once, there were about 30 or 40 youths drinking on a cricket pitch. I radioed in to say I was going over to take the alcohol off them and I did feel a bit of trepidation, but they were fine."
Stretton doesn't agree with the criticism that the money could be better spent on regular police officers.
"A lot of the things we sort out don't have to be reported, such as neighbour disputes or noise nuisance. People tell me about things that are bugging them, like an abandoned car on their street, things that they wouldn't necessarily report to the police ... It allows police officers to get on with their jobs."
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