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  1. Position creates career path for PCSOs to progress into investigation roles PCSIs Craig Evans and Cheryl Belfield Dorset Police has introduced Police Community Support Investigators (PCSIs). The force says the new role will mean it can better meet the demands of modern policing. The 31 PCSIs will be based out of stations to establish face-to-face contact with victims of crime after an appointment has been scheduled. Feedback revealed the public believed the force did not always respond to crimes in a timely and efficient manner when it had been established there is no immediate risk or danger. The force believes the introduction of PCSIs will solve the problem. On top of the initial nine weeks training for their former role as a PCSO, the new PCSIs have been through a further eight-week intensive training programme involving four weeks of classroom learning and four weeks of on-the-job training, shadowing police constables. The investigators will attend appointments at a pre-agreed time and location to deal with incidents where there is lower threat, harm and risk, such as assaults, criminal damage, shed break-ins, vehicle crime and harassment. They will record crimes, carry out the initial investigation, such as identification of CCTV and witness opportunities, take statements and provide reassurance and crime prevention advice to the victim. The project will also give further support to teams dealing with cyber-crime, child sexual exploitation and sex offences, as well as other areas that generate significant demand. Dorset Assistant Chief Constable Julie Fielding said: “As has been seen in other parts of the country, policing numbers have reduced over the last five years and we must constantly evolve how we operate to ensure we best meet the needs of Dorset residents. “This is an exciting time for our Police Community Support Investigators who have been recruited from our existing Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). They bring with them a range of skills and years of policing experience which will be very useful in their new roles. “We have been able to invest in increasing resources in areas where we experience significant demand by retraining and redeploying PCSOs from our neighbourhood policing teams, whilst still enabling them to carry out some of their more traditional responsibilities wherever and whenever it is appropriate in a more flexible role." The introduction of the new role also creates a career path for PCSOs to progress into investigation roles. PCSI Cheryl Belfield, of Dorset Police, said: “I’ve been a police community support officer for eight years, but having the opportunity to progress my career within policing was an opportunity I jumped at. We all join policing to help people and in this new role, I can really put my problem solving and investigative skills into practice and have an even greater impact on supporting victims and vulnerable members of our community.” Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill said: “Now more than ever, we need to be making best use of available resources. Giving PCSOs an opportunity to diversify their careers is important if we are to retain skilled individuals with a solid understanding of local needs. But beyond this, with PCSIs taking on the initial investigatory work in relation to low threat crimes, our PCSOs will be better able to fulfil their core community engagement role while police officers will have more time to tackle high risk crimes in Dorset.” View On Police Oracle
  2. LosingGrip

    Dorset Police Officer Recruitment

    Fifth of January 2015 PC recruitment opens again for Dorset. More information here. Good luck to those that apply!
  3. Webley

    Dorset Police Chat Thread

    Looks like we need a new general chat thread!
  4. Fox

    Facebook page

    Am I the only one that thinks filling the Dorset Specials Facebook page with No excuses type posts (a rolling update of number of tickets issued) is becoming a bit boring? Kind of gives a public perception that all we do is pick on motorists and issue tickets. I've emailed Vol support with several noteworthy things that have gone on at my station in the past, but they don't seem to want to post them on there. (not prepared to post them myself given my name will pop up and it's an open group)
  5. SW_matt

    Working in Dorset

    Hello! I'm currently a special in Hampshire but have recently registered for the current round of Dorset PC recruitment as its not all that far from where i am at the moment. Can anyone give an idea of what its like to work in the Bournemouth/Pool/Weymouth areas? The district I work on at the moment is pretty non-stop which is what I like really. I quite like the idea of working somewhere quite busy/urban but with rural areas being nearby as well. ta, matt
  6. I've picked up a rumour that we are to have this same training program for SC as our friendly neighbours who quite freely advertise on their website about the new program Please see the like: http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-people/recruitment/special-constables/training-preference/ (Training preference We are currently developing an open learning package which will allow students to undertake the academic aspect of their training at home. This option could include e-books, web-based seminars and various other methods of learning at a time and place convenient to you. This will reduce the number of training weekends in Exeter, making joining the Special Constabulary available to people who previously could not commit to the conventional weekend classroom programme. Some benefits could include: Learn at a time that suits you Reduce travelling times to training facilities Learn in the most comfortable environment for you With this in mind please can you answer the following questions within the linked survey. Please answer honestly, this survey is anonymous and the information is being used to develop the most accessible learning package for as many people as possible. Webpage links Special Constabulary Training Survey) What are your thoughts?? I think that you can not replace a person and their experiences as a trainer in a classroom and be able to learn to the same standards at home with a gadget and all of the distractions?? Is it just another way of saving money but without saying it, or do they really think that this could all of a sudden work??? I don't know about you but I'd love to see some of the survey results!
  7. Dorset Specials now have official Facebook and Twitter accounts:   Twitter: @DorsetSpecials Facebook: Dorset Police Specials
  8. Chief Cheetah

    Dorset Police

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