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  1. Ethiopian-born Tegegn Bayissa had claimed his career was wrecked by 'deep-seated and cunning' racism https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6545657/Ethiopian-born-PCSO-claimed-suffered-deep-seated-cunning-racism-loses-legal-battle.html
  2. Hi guys, I've been given a conditional offer and a start date in October to become a BTP PCSO in inner London. I've passed my medical and I am just waiting for my vetting. Does anyone know how long vetting will usually take for PCSOs? I'm on holiday for a few weeks in September and would need to give my notice in before I go away as it would be too late to do so within my notice period when I get back. Another question I have, sorry if this should be in a separate post - it's my first post - is about progressing in BTP. I have aspirations to move from PCSO to PC in a couple of years on the job, however would this be possible considering in 2020 you will need a degree to be a police officer? Thanks for your time.
  3. Bobbies on the beat accounted for one in seven axed police posts over the past five years, analysis suggests. At the same time, one in three police community support officer (PCSO) posts - originally intended to be the "eyes and ears" of the community - have gone. Critics say a visible police presence in communities deters criminals and helps gather intelligence. The Home Office said "overall traditional crime" had fallen by almost 40% since 2010. The BBC's Shared Data Unit compared workforce figures for 43 police forces in England and Wales, Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Police Scotland over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017. Click here for full story - BBC
  4. sierragolf95

    Police Custody & Security Officer

    Hi folks, have just applied for the above position, while I know it is similar to a detention officer type role in England, could anyone give me a bit more information about it? I'm currently event security and nightclub door staff looking to explore new opportunities.
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  6. I noticed this recently and thought it was worth a discussion. 2 years ago they added the whole of s19 PACE to PCSOs, but this seems a huge leap. Could it be that PCSOs are soon to be sent to more jobs, tasked with more, stopping a vehicle and s165 seizing it/issuing the FPN, etc? (I appreciate they would have to use one of their already existing traffic stopping powers rather than this excluded one). I'm not sure if they'll be standard or designated powers. Will they increase their pay or give them further kit? Your thoughts? Wikipedia link The proposed Policing and Crime Bill 2016 sets out dramatic expansions to the role of PCSO. Section 28(4)(a) states a PCSO will be able to be designated with "any power or duty of a constable (other than a power or duty specified in Part 1 of Schedule 3B excluded powers and duties)". These excluded powers would be: Any power or duty of a constable to make an arrest (under s24 PACE 1984) Any power or duty of a constable to stop and search an individual or a vehicle or other thing The power of a constable, under section 36(4) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, to perform the functions of a custody officer at a designated police station if a custody officer is not readily available to perform them Any power that is exercisable only by a constable of a particular rank Any power of a constable under (a) the Terrorism Act 2000; (b)the Terrorism Act 2006; (c)the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008; (d)the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011; (e)the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 Any power of a constable under the Official Secrets Act 1911 to 1989 The power of a constable to make an application on behalf of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis under section 6 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000(applications for interception warrants) This bill is currently (March 2016) progressing through the House of Commons.[68]
  7. MPotter

    PCSO Assaults Cameraman

    PCSO A and his colleague PCSO B, are on duty in the local town centre doing foot patrol duties at a busy event at which point they both notice a copblocker stood there with his phone out videoing them. They approach the copblocker and PCSO A asks him nicely why he is videoing them. He does not say anything in response. PCSO A removes the phone from the copblockers hand and says that he will have the copblocker arrested unless he cooperates. The copblocker calls his bluff and again makes it clear that he won't be answering PCSO A's question at which point PCSO A hands him his phone back. PCSO B then asks politely why the copblocker is filming and he again refuses to answer. At this point PCSO A then demands the copblockers details which he does not provide. The copblocker then demands to know what law PCSO A is using before giving them up. PCSO A then replies that he doesn't need to tell him the law and makes it clear that he doesn't have to give his details, he was just having a conversation. PCSO A proceeds to continue questioning the copblocker. The copblocker continues to be obstructive and PCSO A says to the cameraman that "you know nothing" and "We'll leave you to what you're doing. You're a very pathetic young man" before walking off. The copblocker then decides to follow the PCSOs around at which point PCSO A demands the copblocker stay with him and requests that a unit attend. The copblocker asks if he is being detained to which PCSO A replies that he isn't being detained. The copblocker makes off at which point PCSO A detains him. The copblocker carries on walking at which PCSO A grabs hold of him. You arrive on scene to hear from PCSO A who explains what has happened and you find that the copblocker is still on the phone to the force control room after he called them to report he had been assaulted by a PCSO who he believed might be fake. PCSO A hands you the copblocker's phone. After he terminates the call you then hear from him that he has been assaulted. Whilst you are aware that the copblocker has committed no offence you are aware that PCSO A has assaulted him. What do you do?
  8. HappyValleyNewbie

    Training and Starting

    Good Lord! It's ages since I have had a moment to come back and have a look on here since I last posted, but really, time has flown. I have completed the training and now have started my 10 weeks tutorship. The 8 weeks training was great, at times I was a little stressed, like when there was a rumour that the officer safety training would have me doing the bleep test 2 days running, but that was nonsense. You can do it, if you want to and the whole class is under 25 or gym fans but ours were very sensible and allowed me to warm up at my abilities. In the end I really enjoyed it. I never thought that punching, kneeing and twisting people's joints to the limit whilst shouting " GET BACK!!" would be so enjoyable. Daily knowledge checks using trump cards became a bind, so half an hours revision a night doesn't go amiss. However it took me to week 6 to finally nail the when and now cautions, in the end the daughter had to spend 3 hours teaching me the meanings and breaking it down before it stuck. Try singing it to a tune or rhythm it worked for me. You will get to know your basic laws and be expected to recite their definitions. I pinned print outs all over the house, good if you have a memory like a knat like me. But, don't worry, it all just clicks into place... eventually. The final exam for me was a multiple choice exam, don't fret about it all through the course, when you see the questions you will be amazed at how much you have learned. The best thing about the course is the friends you will make. I was the oldest by a loooong way but that made no difference at all and I guarantee you will make friends for life. There was 15 on our Cohort and every one of them were different and fabulous. Their struggles, life events during the course like deaths or births in the family, their sense of humour and even personality clashes will set you up for the world of PCSO and carry you through the course. I recommend a WatsAp group, you can support each other during and after the course and keep contact when you have all scattered to your own districts at the end of it ( the saddest time of the course) At this point, I wish you the best of luck on your course. Trust me, you will enjoy it and be proud at the end of it no matter what your circumstances. I know that a lot of you will have taken a pay cut and huge career change for what ever reason, leaving often really top professional jobs, some of you will be fresh from uni or perhaps coming from the breadline, or a struggling single parent. You will all bring something to the table and for that reason I am very proud of you even if I don't know you. So I passed and now out in the Valleys expanding on the basics they taught us on the course. I have an experienced tutor which I will stay with for at least 10 weeks, it may be different where you are. Advice? Well, I hope you got the best boots for your feet. As you are aware, I'm not the fittest of people. I'm a middle aged mum of 4 that has for the last 20 years used every muscle in her body, bar the ones you use to walk with. Add the weight of the body armour, tack vest, radio, body cam and all the inventory of the store Staples and you can imaging the pain I seem to be permantly in. At the end of the shift and the hour drive home, I am being very honest when I say the walk up the garden path is excruciating. Everyone tells you that you will get used to it and the benefits in the long run will be amazing. Well, I'm still waiting for that and every time I strip off the gear I expect to see a sweaty pain free size 12 there, it hasn't happened yet. I work in hope. Moral of this tale is prepare if you can before and during your course. If not, like me, then keep telling yourself that you bring a lot of experience and other beneficial talents to the job and force other than a fit athletic youth that can cover between 15 and 20 miles a day. This has been my downside of my career change so far, sometimes reducing me to tears and wondering if I have done the right thing. But I remind myself that I'm not going to jack it because things have got physically tough and I do my best. A little meeting with my sergeant to explain my limits too helped. They really are great, don't be afraid of them. P.S. Drink lots of water, apparently it desolves the lactic acid. Hmmmm So what have I done so far in my brief tutorship? Well I have collected CCTV. Who would have thought it had a system to follow? I thought you would have just said " Hi! I've come for the CCTV! "And then trotted off back to the station with evidence in hand for the awaiting PC . There's more to it so pay attention in the evidence gathering lesson. I've played Tom and Jerry with the youths... a lot. Been handed found drugs and dealt with that, attended burglarys, admitted intelligence and been offered my very own tea spot. My favourite so far? Scene Guard. Now I know that makes most PCSO's and PC's tremble at the knees and perhaps throw there hands up in the air and I suppose I will eventually get there too, but right now I loved it. Bar from the lack of walking which is always a plus for me at the moment, it was the engagement with the public that I loved. From little kiddies waving to teenagers trying to wrestle out of me what has happened to adults passing the time of day with you. Some offering tea or ginger biscuits and yes the odd crazy making you lift your eyebrows at their oddities. Though I don't want to happen what has happened to cause the scene guard, I have no problem volunteering for it... at the moment. Tip, take a big coat and make sure it's near you to put on even if you feel warm. The temperature can just suddenly plummet and you can't tootle off and leave your area to get it. Anyway, that's me so far. If it helps just one starting and gives an idea of what's coming then I'm happy and to all you oldies that I KNOW at some point will have thought " when I was a wee whipper snapper of a bobbie, and we had to put body armour on, it was much heavier with metal plates front and back.." during reading this, I say what ever Robocop! Bet you haven't given birth to four kids and make Yorkshire Puddings like I can, so nerr. Till next time folks, take care and don't be a hero without applying the NDM first!
  9. HappyValleyNewbie

    PCSO Blog

    I shall post my experiences as I go along, so others can compare or have an idea what's going to happen or what was different for them. If I bore anyone just scroll past it's going to be a sort of Blog. For you exciting OSU or firearms officers with your really cool uniforms ( or so says my daughter ) please feel free to scroll on by ok, so after passing all the requirements back in 2014, I sadly got the email telling me that due to Buget cuts, the whole of the 80 odd PCSO's would be shelved. I always wanted to be a police officer and now being in my middle years and after having 4 children ( forgot to say I'm of the female variety ) I pretty much thought " that's that then " but, seeing as 90% of my family are either was an officer, is an officer or are on the route to learn how to be an officer, I didn't give in and applied for a staff job at WYP. Then I got the email in February asking if was still interested and, of course, I replied yes, very much yes, yes yes. I wouldn't need to go through all the tests and role play again, just the medical. But, with WYP employing PC's as well at the same time it's not until now that I have finally been made an offer and a start date for training on the 24th October. The medical was a story on its own and I wouldn't tell it to my colleagues till they were all present. It wasn't bad or hard, but did include a back fastening disposable gown and some unwanted bed hygiene paper stuck somewhere undesirable whilst doing the movement tests. It made the staff laugh, I will just say to make a tale short, make sure you wear nice matching underwear and certainly nothing thong like. This is when big knickers has no shame. I passed the medical, which of course is the most important thing, to be a PCSO. The doctor told me if I wanted to be a PC he would stop it there as my BMI was basically through the roof. I was thinking it's basically reaching the heights of Emley Moor Mast, but hey ho, I'm sure I'll walk it off. Then next contact was with the lovely gent in charge of PCSO recruitment, who on the phone offered me the post and told me I had been posted to Calderdale. He doesn't know where in Calderdale, I would find that out later in training. So, laptop out and find all the stations in Calderdale, routes there in summer and of course in winter when we have two foot of snow to battle... Todmordon? Gosh. Fingers crossed on that one then. Later In the day I got an email telling me my collar number and a link to the new starters website at WYP. ( this is seriously out of date, I must remember to tell HR that they are knocking the building down that all the extension numbers relate to) and an instruction to buy good quality leather boots that can be buffed. So I've looked on here and seen the favourites. £150+?!? I'll visit Go Outdoors and see what Magnums they have on offer Collegues have started to ask questions at work. They're mean ( in a nice way) and talk about the cold, the sleet and unruly teenagers. Outwardly, it's not working, I live on the moors and have four grown up kids. Inside I'm thinking " oh hell, what have I done?" So here I am. At this moment, wanting a friend to face it with. My next post will be about the boots. See you then
  10. Please see the following links for North Wales Police recruitment updates. Police Community NWP recruitment updates Official NWP recruitment section
  11. This is the police community support officer who was sacked after admitting faking her job application CV. Samantha Skinner, 24, changed her NVQ qualification to a higher grade while applying to join the regular police force. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/police-community-support-officer-sacked-11044272
  12. West Mercia Police are currently not recruiting new PCSOs. PCSO recruitment can be discussed in this thread and further information can be found here: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/2423/Police-community-support-officers-PCSO
  13. Uniformed PCSO mistaken for stripogram at 50th birthday party 7 hours ago From the sectionWiltshire Image captionThis is the real PCSO uniform A police community support officer was mistaken for a stripogram when he accidentally stumbled in on a 50th birthday party in Wiltshire. PCSO Mike Ober was on foot patrol in Bradford-on-Avon on Saturday when he spotted an open door at a social club. Going in to investigate, he was greeted by a group of women who "went wild with excitement" thinking he was the male stripper they had ordered. He said: "The party was about to get started and they thought I was early." 'Poked head round' He added: "I had to beat a hasty retreat." Mr Ober, who is in his mid-20s and engaged, said the social club was not normally used at the weekend, so he had decided to "poke his head round the door" and investigate. "There were no cars in the car park and the door was propped open," he said. "But as I went in there were loud cheers and someone shouted: "Oh, are you the stripogram?" After being told he was too early and to come back later, Mr Ober walked away, passing the real stripper on his way in. "It's a matter of personal taste, but the uniforms aren't very flattering, so I guess [the mix-up] is flattering," he said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-35453852
  14. POLICE community support officers from Herefordshire are going to be trained as retained firefighters for a new joint pilot scheme. Hereford Times: Full story
  15. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-police-force-not-lose-10618711 Things are finally looking up.. for the time being!
  16. Plans to cut PCSO numbers by 78% in West Midlands announced 23 minutes ago From the section England Image captionThe force said it was now entering into a formal consultation period with trade unions and staff The number of police community support officers (PCSOs) in the West Midlands could fall by 78% by 2020 under proposals announced by police. Plans to cut their number to 119 were "hugely regrettable but unavoidable," said West Midlands Police (WMP). Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said PCSOs would be the first expected casualty of the government's "continued attack on policing". The Home Office said police still had sufficient resources to do their work. Changes made by the government since 2010 have made it "easier for the police to do their job" by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets, the spokesman said. What matters is "how officers are deployed and not how many of them there are in total", he added. Updates on this story and more from Birmingham & the Black Country WMP said it has 674 PCSO posts, of which 139 are currently vacant and not being advertised. These latest plans would see their number fall from 535 to 119. WMP said it has to make savings of £130m during the next five years, and that its "wholesale review of local policing" was part of a wider policing plan. 'Difficult choices' It said it had faced "unprecedented cuts since 2010" and seen more than £146m shaved off its budget. Given that wages represent more than 80% of costs, Mr Jamieson warned there was "only so much" it could do "without making difficult choices". The scale and pace of the proposed changes are dependent on a number of factors, including the government's Comprehensive Spending Review later this month, the force said. Deputy Chief Constable David Thompson said he remained clear that his force was "not pulling away from working closely" with its communities. Jill Harrison, West Midlands Police Unison branch secretary, said PCSOs had been "a real success in keeping the public safe and working to reduce crime". She warned: "Clearly the only people that are going to be happy about this are the criminals themselves." The force said it was now entering into a formal consultation period, lasting a minimum of 45 days, with trade unions and staff. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34778430 I'm not sure if I can also post the West Mids announcement in full, so here's a link: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/news2.aspx?id=3746
  17. A POLICE community support officer, who was bitten by a householder's dog, was deemed to be a trespasser because she had stepped into the porch of the property. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/airelocal/13888415.Female_PCSO_bitten_by_dog_in_Shipley_was_trespassing__magistrates_rule/?ref=fbshr (sorry I can't find it on the BBC website)
  18. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34200384 /edit: further details posted on original story
  19. Greetings, Bit of a strange question and I wondered if anyone on here knew the answer because it's alluding me but to cut a long story short a PCSO mate of mine from another station was passing through the other day when he came across a TI on a train, he called up asking if a bobby could meet it in, long story short the chap was compliant and provided his details, I informed the PCSO to report the bloke for summons and to radio back if he kicked off or needed us for anything to which I was informed PCSOs could no longer report for summons for travel fraud... I told him to report him under the byelaws instead which he did. Now I was taken aback by this comment and so did a little research where I found a PCSO powers slide on the intranet that stated "PCSOs cannot report for Travel Fraud." No explanation, no reasoning, no nothing. Travel Fraud was the first job I ever reported for as a PCSO all those years ago so I was a little surprised.... Does anyone know the rationale behind this? A PCSO just as anyone else can technically report for anything... Thought I'd throw it open to the forum.
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  21. TheFlomeister

    Blog: Father’s Day: Papa on patrol

    PCSO Joel Driscoll joined the force six years ago and has been part of the Central Bedfordshire priority anti-social behaviour team for two-and-a-half years. He has two children – a daughter aged six and a three-year-old son. On Father’s Day, he tells us what it’s like juggling fatherhood with the demands of the job. My children are fascinated by what I do. Every time they see a police car or van they ask questions and wonder if mine looks like that. Just the other day I was dropping my son off at school when an ambulance drove past. He turned to me and said, ‘Are they your friends, Daddy?’ They are both very proud that I work for the police. They look up to me and say they want to be in the police one day, but it is hard to explain to them exactly what I do. One day I can be doing my regular patrols and responding to calls that come in, while other days I can be sat in meetings about combating anti-social behaviour, safeguarding victims and dealing with offenders. For me, it is nice that my shift patterns allow me to spend time with my children during the school holidays and occasionally at weekends. I make sure when I spend time with them we plan things to do and make the most of the time together. Having children has definitely changed my mindset in the role. You see things in a completely different light and anything involving young children hits home that bit harder. Not long ago I was preparing to attend appointments with residents to discuss some of their concerns, when a call came in about a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle. I was the first to arrive at the scene, except for the ambulance. I have never been so relieved to see the flashing blue lights. The paramedics did their jobs but, unfortunately, the motorcyclist didn’t make it. Traffic officers arrived to help on the scene and begin their investigations. My role was to sit with the family of four – a mum, a dad and two young girls – who had been travelling in the car involved. They were in a lot of shock after what had just happened. The children were of similar ages to my own, so I tried to keep them calm. They were given some teddies to play with, which luckily were in one of the traffic officers’ cars following some school engagement work. We were not far from Whipsnade Zoo. I thought of my own children and chatted to the girls about all the animals, and impressed them with my knowledge of kids’ TV. Eventually I was the one that took them home. There was lots of investigation work to be done, but that wasn’t my role at the time. I was simply there to help. I deal with jobs where it’s clear that individuals and families will never be the same again, then have to leave these people and continue with my day like every other police officer and PCSO. It is sometimes a strange feeling but it fills me with pride that I can help others. I take that home with me and feel lucky to have my family around me, safe and well and supportive of what I do. This Father’s Day I have booked time off to be with my children and my own dad, and take them out for a meal. View the full article
  22. Hampshire-999

    PCSO Recruitment!

    So not only is Hampshire now recruiting Special Constables, they want more PCSO's aswell! Things are looking good for now and the future for joining the Police with Hampshire! The PCSO section states this... "Candidates wishing to apply to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) must attend a recruitment event. This event will provide information on the role of a PCSO and the recruitment process as well as an opportunity to ask questions to the local PCSO's and higher ranking officers as well as Hampshire Constabulary employees. Applicants must check their suitability to apply to join as a Police Community Support Officer." Link​: http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/about-us/join-us/police-community-support-officer
  23. Chief Cheetah

    Looking for a job in a Police force?

    Looking for a job within the police? Any force or a specific one? What kind of job? Police? Staff? Special Constable? PCSO? To help you with your recruitment interests we now have a completely new area dedicated solely to the recruitment status of every force. We have listed all the forces in England, Scotland and Wales and each one shows the current position on recruitment. You can see at a glance if a specific force is actively recruiting for any of the four main roles, Police Constable, Special Constable, Police Staff or PCSO. Each force specific area has a link to that forces recruitment and latest vacancies pages. If you want to actively monitor a specific force (or many if you wish) you can click the 'Follow This' button in the top right of each individual page or for the whole of the recruitment area and this will give you notifications when something changes. If you see any incorrect entries or you have some alternative information then please do let a mod know and we will update it asap. If you wish to comment in the recruitment section for a force then please feel free to do so. Our new recruitment section can be found at the top of each page under 'Recruitment' or by clicking THIS LINK. Cheetah

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