Category Archive: Features

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

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

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

#didsburybeat: In Pictures

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Over the weekend Sgt Tariq Butt and the rest of Didsbury neighbourhood police team in Manchester kindly agreed to have me along on a shift to see the day to day reality of… Continue reading

Bernard Hogan-Howe talks PCSOs: VIDEO

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AS YOU KNOW, ONTHEBEAT101 WENT TO A TALK LAST WEEK BY METROPOLITAN POLICE COMMISSIONER BERNARD HOGAN-HOWE. HERE’S OUR VIDEO OF THE BEST BITS. Onthebeat101 was there to represent the voice of PCSOs and… Continue reading

Top Tips for Defending Against Dog Attacks

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Thousands of people have now seen this shocking footage of a dog attacking a group of police officers in Newham, east London. One officer suffered a broken arm, and armed police had to… 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

Top Tips for Rookie PCSOs

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We all know what it’s like starting a new job, with all the uncertainty and expectations, and joining as a PCSO is no different. OnTheBeat101 takes you through what it’s really like joining… Continue reading