Category Archive: Interviews

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

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

Rape threats on the job: the darker side of being a PCSO

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THOUGH MANY PCSOS CLAIM TO BE SATISFIED WITH THEIR JOB AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO, SOMETIMES IT CAN BE A VERY DIFFERENT STORY. Michael* has been a PCSO in Merseyside for six… 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

Interview with support officer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people

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You can find PCSO Mott’s official Police biography by clicking here What does your LINK role to the LGBT community exactly entail? LINK is the British Transport Police‚Äôs support organisation for LGBT staff.… 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

The Story of a PCSO on Twitter

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The full interview… with PCSO Andy Ryan or @PCSORyanWMP PCSO Andy Ryan is one of the biggest tweeters of the policing world. He has over 1,600 followers and is well respected within the… Continue reading

Film interview with Assembly member on the Future of PCSOs

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On the Beat went to the impressive GLA building in London to interview Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey. She told us why the PCSOs are integral to the community,… Continue reading

Interview with Clerkenwell SNT: The truth about being a PCSO

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Last week I went to interview Clerkenwell Safer Neighbourhoods Team on Goswell Road. It’s a very small team, made up of just three officers: Sgt Brian Quail, PCSO Adam Bonney and PCSO Matthew… Continue reading

Are PSCOs facing abolishment? Listen to our interview with a PCSO

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As promised, here is the brief clip with James, the PCSO from Islington. With a little help from my superb audio technician, I have uploaded the soundbite so it’s nice and simple to… Continue reading