Category Archive: Charlotte’s posts

Home Office failing to answer PCSOs

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OntheBeat101 asks the tough questions. But are the Home Office ready to answer? The Home Office are not in the police service’s good books. Two weeks ago, on May tenth, an estimated 32,000… 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

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

Guest Post – PCSOs and Social Media

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Social media use in UK police forces has come a long way since I first started writing about it, but despite this there are still many people working in various roles for police… Continue reading

No extra powers for PCSOs says Bernard Hogan-Howe

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Should PCSOs be given more powers? Share your views with your PCSO community by voting! The Met Commissioner told onthebeat101 he  wouldn’t give PCSOs more powers because PCSOs are for building good relationships with… Continue reading

Bernard Hogan-Howe LIVE

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Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe is at a conference in London, and onthebeat101 is there to bring you the latest! This was a live blog covering Met Commissioner’s Bernard Hogan-Howe talk in Central London… Continue reading

How much of a difference do PCSOs really make?

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Statistics from the Home Office seem to show that PCSOs are not related to lower levels of crime – particularly street level crimes. More PCSOs don’t reduce street level crime I started out… Continue reading

Policing with a Smartphone

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Technology. Some people love it and others can’t stand it. But it’s made its way into all areas of our lives, and now it’s becoming the police’s secret weapon. Apps save police time… Continue reading

Interview with Pierre Petrou, in charge of Twitter for MPS Camden

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Pierre Petrou runs the Twitter account for MPS Camden. He told onthebeat101 about how the account came about, how it works and the benefits of Twitter to police forces… Pierre, how did the… Continue reading

Top Tips for PCSOs on Twitter

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If you’re thinking of getting a professional Twitter account but want some tips on how best to use it – here are some do’s and don’ts PLUS… We’ve got our followers to tweet… Continue reading

Policing with Twitter

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Social Media and Policing the Community In this first feature on technology I’ll be exploring the role of social media in community policing. What role do services like Twitter and Facebook have to… Continue reading