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The new wonder that are PCSO’s have apparently done their cause a small miracle by standing by and watching three teenage girls attack a 55 year old man in Ravensbury Park in London. I’m sure that the management will use this as another shining example to promote the brand and convince everyone that PCSO’s are the real way forward.

Apparently, a witness to the attack told how two police community officers stood by while this alleged attack took place. The witness  rushed to help the man while the officers did nothing after she saw the girls kicking and punching the man, hitting him across the back of the head with a stick.  They apparently had the incident under surveillance.

The PCSO’s apparently radio’d for help but did not tackle the girls.

The two police community support officers were under investigation.  In fact Scotland Yard were apparently so shocked by the claims they launched a ‘Gold Command’ meeting and put an Assistant Commissioner in charge of the investigation.

PCSOs might not have been able to arrest these girls but they could have at least prevented this man from being beaten up.

I presume that this is another case where PCSO’s are not adequately trained to deal with this type of incident.

I also presume that the increased number of  uniformed ‘officers’ on the streets is intended to reassure communities by bolstering police numbers on the frontline.

This another example of the PCSO see-saw crashing down heavily on the negative side and giving the good ones a bad name.

Come on you British Government people, stop knobbing around and give the public the numbers of sworn officers they deserve.

I almost forgot for a moment, you can’t because that costs too much money. I’m interested to see exactly how there will be a positive spin out of this one,


4 Responses

  1. GRRRR!!! I’m a PCSO (for my sins) and this story has really made me angry! I know what spin they’ll put on it. In training (not in London but I guess it’s the same all over) we were told that if we encountered any violent situations/fights etc on the street we should stand back and call for a PC as we have no PPE. So that means they were following correct proceedure.

    There is no way I would stand by and watch violence being inflicted on someone and not intervene. No way. There are plenty of nice safe office jobs I could be doing instead of this. I’m not proud to wear a PCSO uniform. i thought it was a good idea when i joined. I’m hoping to swap it soon for a PC one, then at least i can go to work with my head held high!

  2. What got me was when the witness stated that they were hiding behind a tree. They commented that they ‘had it under surveillance’. Yea. Right.

  3. Yeah and that the met spends 3 and a half million quid on advertising ALONE for them. Sound use of taxpayers money? Being a PCSO is pretty much the only way into the job now tho from what I can tell, unless you contribute towards certain quotas (unofficially of course)

  4. Funny how the country doesn’t have enough money to get more new officers recruited and trained but yet MPs are lobbying Brown to have their salaries raised by more than 40k each to 100k basic (not including expenses which average 130k per MP). It’s all a question of priorities and from what I’ve seen of politicians their priority is not the safety of the person on the street, it’s certainly not the safety of our armed forces on active service and it isn’t improving lives. It’s feathering their own nest, pure and simple.

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