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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

GUEST POST- PCSO Powers: The Sergeant’s View

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The debate over PCSO powers has long raged, making headlines again this month, with South Yorkshire Constabulary beefing up the powers of its PCSOs and turning them in to ‘Local Beat Officers’. Sgt… Continue reading

Good Cop or Bad Cop? How should we assess the Police?

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Onthebeat101 presents a guest post from our colleague James Pearson who is currently producing a radio documentary on the impact of crime statistics on policing in the UK: This May for the first… 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

PCSO News in Brief

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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… Continue reading

What crimes face PCSOs on London’s Streets?

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As a follow up to our article on the potential increased usage of PCSOs as a new initial point of contact for communities OntheBeat101 has done some investigation into the public’s views on what… Continue reading

Public to be Consulted on the Future of PCSOs

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Greetings to the PCSO community! It has been a busy week with PCSOs claiming headline space and satellite TV news time in equal measure with fresh allegations into the debate into the effictiveness of PCSOs … Continue reading