PCSO NEWS IN BRIEF

ONCE AGAIN, ONTHEBEAT101 BRINGS YOU THE PICK OF THE LATEST POLICING NEWS STORIES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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CRIME FEARS RISING AS MORE PCSOS LEAVE TO BECOME PCS

Residents in the London borough of Islington are worried there could be a huge rise in anti-social behaviour after a large proportion of the

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area’s PCSOs left to train as police officers.

Islington has now lost 19 out of its total of 48 PCSOs. Concerns over neighbourhood safety in the area are made worse with the Olympics on the way, with local councillor Terry Stacey now pledging to raise the issue with borough commander Mike Wise.

Clerkenwell SNT, who we interviewed HERE in February, have now lost two out of three of their PCSOs, who aren’t due to be replaced until after the summer.

But is this issue more widespread? Is it a problem in your area? Leave us a comment below or tweet us @onthebeat101.

Read more from the Islington Tribune HERE

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE TO INTRODUCE JUNIOR PCSO SCHEME

A Nottinghamshire PCSO is introducing a Junior PCSO Award Scheme in the hopes of teaching 10-14 year olds more about community policing.

PCSO Scott Padley plans to introduce them to the range of roles within neighbourhood policing, highlight the impact of anti-social behaviour and discuss crime in their area.

The 12 week scheme launches this month, and the 12 participants already enrolled will undertake a range of activities on Thursday evenings, finishing with setting up their own community project.

PCSO Padley hopes the initiative will both reduce anti-social behaviour and give the youngsters more pride in their community.

Read more about the scheme from Nottinghamshire Police HERE

 MAYORAL CANDIDATE ENCOURAGES VIGILANTE POLICING

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Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor, has said that if elected he will allow Londoners to patrol their own streets and let them have a say in how the police are used.

Mr Paddick was an officer in the Metropolitan Police for 30 years. He says he wants to introduce ‘New York style’ policing, with residents being allowed to form policing patrols and creating ‘policing plans’ to discuss with officers. He claims:

As a former senior police officer, I know the best way to cut crime and restore trust in the police is to get people and officers working together. That’s exactly what I will do as mayor

He has also pledged to increase the number of officers on the street, similar to many of his rivals including Labour candidate Ken Livingstone and current Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson. Londoners are due to go to the polls on May 3rd this year.

What do you think? Are resident patrols a good idea? Let us know.

Read more on the story from the BBC HERE.

AND FINALLY…. CLEANERS RECRUITED TO HELP OUT A MANCHESTER SNT

Altrincham SNT, in Greater Manchester, has recruited cleaners from a local firm to act as extra eyes and ears in fighting crime in the area.

The cleaners, from local company Bright & Beautiful, have undertaken a crime detection training session and police are hoping they will prove to be a ‘valuable intelligence source’ because of the number of homes they visit every day.

The idea is part of the police Mobile Homewatch scheme, and if the Altrincham pilot is successful the cleaning firm hopes to roll it out across all 30 of its franchises nationwide.

You can read more about the crime-fighting cleaners in the Manchester Evening News HERE

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