PCSO News in Brief

Onthebeat101’s pick of recent PCSO news:

The Good

A 62 year old Harwich, Essex PCSO is to take part in a 6 mile bike ride on 20 May to raise money for cancer charities. Ray Aylott was himself diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia 2009. You can sponsor Ray here.

PCSOs in Barrow, Cumbria; Sunderland; and Angelsey, Wales have been working hard to reduce the level of dog fouling on the streets and beaches. It’s a carrot and stick approach: dawn swoops for irresonsible owners, free poopbags to encourage responsibility. The Barrow link also has a picture of a nice Staffie with its responsible owner.

South Yorkshire Police rubbished reports that PCSOs would be replacing PCs. Many readers will be aware that South Yorkshire constabulary are considering giving PCSOs more powers and changing their role. Onthebeat101’s take on the matter is here.

Local PCSOs congratulated residents at a neighbourhood police meeting in Cirencester, Gloustershire for helping them reduce crime by 20% in the last 3 months, and 14.4% over the last year.

The Bury Times reports that PCSOs will running a new youth club in the Town. You can read Onthebeat101’s experience on the beat with Greater Manchester Police here.

The Bad

39- year old PCSO Lisa Stapley, who pounds the beat in Wrexham, North Wales, has been jailed for 10 months for leaking sensitive information and helping a friend evade the police. Here’s the story in the local and  national press.

A Burnley PCSO has been caught speeding for the fifth time since 2008. Dave Johnson could face a driving ban because he already has 9 points on his license. He claims his job could be in jepordy if he is banned from driving. The Burnley Telegraph covers the story.

The Light

Avon and Somerset PCSO Andrew Brooks displayed his adaptability by carrying a lost swan from a busy road back to the river. He found the bird on Pulteney Bridge in Bath while on his routine patrol. “That was, without doubt, the strangest thing I’ve had to deal with – so far”, he said. Read more here.

We’re used to PCSOs becoming PCs, but John Dukes has gone the other way! Teh 48 year old is a former Neighbourhood Beat Manager in Falmouth, with 26 years experience in the force. He was rehired by Devon & Cornwall constabulary after passing his 9 week PCSO training.