London Riots: The Inside View

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On 5th August 2011, London witnessed the beginning of one of the most memorable, shocking and unexpected weeks in recent history. Exactly one year ago this week, thousands took to the streets in… Continue reading

Interview with Vera Baird – Prospective Police and Crime Commissioner

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As OntheBeat have covered elsewhere, a big shake-up of policing is underway. Elected police and crime commissioners will take responsibility for policing priorities and budgets in all English and Welsh constabularies outside London.… Continue reading

Crime and the media part 3: The newspapers compared

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OnTheBeat’s recent post on crime and the media showed that people who read different papers have very different views on crime. But, the real question is- WHY? OnTheBeat conducts a mini experiment to… Continue reading

PCSOs have spoken! OntheBeat101 community has its say!

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Esteemed members of the OntheBeat101 community, I thought you might find it interesting to correlate some of the data that you, the PCSO community, have created on the website by voting on the… Continue reading

Crime and the media part 2: Has TV changed the way we see the world?

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Following on from our last post on newspapers and crime perceptions, OnTheBeat digs up the data on TV and finds out how much the news channel YOU choose affects your fear of crime.… Continue reading

Crime and the media part 1: What does your newspaper say about YOU?

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HOW MUCH DOES THE NEWS YOU READ SAY ABOUT YOU? We all know about the effect the media has on society, and it’s never been hammered home more than with the continual revelations… Continue reading

Met PCSO oversubscription rising with unemployment rates

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This year the Met’s PCSO recruitment drive to fill 500 future positions attracted 3,700 applicants. It was to run until the summer, but had to be halted in early March due to the… Continue reading

PCSOs key to improving race relations

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Weeks after the Met was engulfed in scandalous allegations of racism, Onthebeat101 brings to light the vital role that PCSOs play in improving race relations. 11% of PCSOs from an ethnic minority background… Continue reading

Guest Post – PCSOs, Camera, Action!

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PCSOs, Camera, Action! One of the great things about social media is that it is an equal opportunities employer. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and the rest are all absolutely free to set up and… Continue reading