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Future is bright for PCSOs.

Gordon Brown has launched Labour’s campaign for the May local elections, pledging to increase high visibility policing and improve public services.

Mr Brown highlighted community policing as a key theme of Labour’s local election campaign during a launch in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

“Every community of the country is going to have neighbourhood policing with police to call upon, with their mobile phone number available, be able to put a face on the person, be able to call them up and have local meetings to discuss the local issues you’re concerned about,” he said.

“That will lead to neighbourhood contracts, where local residents and police come together to decide ‘here are the priorities, this is what we’ve got to do, this is how we can make it a safer place’.”

The future is bright, the future is…………………hi-vis yellow.


11 Responses

  1. Sweet……baby…….Jesus!! The man and his advisers have absolutely no idea whatsoever .

    “mobile phone number……local meetings…..local meetings…..neighbourhood contracts…….priorities”

    What a total load of pony. Still, if this is what central government wants then that’s what we’ll end up with. The House of Commons, rolling back the frontiers of the state (right over the top of your head).

    ACPO will sign up, BCU bosses will sign up and the hi-vis jackets will be marched out as requested. It will fail because the communities we have been trying to reach for decades will continue to steadfastly refuse to engage with this or any other process that seeks to bring law enforcement to them.

    Sure there will be a few keen souls that ring the mobile and attend the first few community meetings but I absolutely guarantee that the whole thing will wither on the vine in the harsh winds and frost of general public indifference.

  2. What he said, “Every community of the country is going to have neighbourhood policing with police to call upon, with their mobile phone number available, be able to put a face on the person, be able to call them up and have local meetings to discuss the local issues you’re concerned about,”
    What he meant, “The next election is looking a bit dodgy and I really need to pull something out of the bag. Something that looks good and does not cost too much and something that can be blamed on someone else when it all goes wrong ….”

  3. I reckon blueknight got it right ….

    as a MOP I don’t need a phone number to call on – there are two 999 and my local police station.
    I need someone who has some proper rights of arrest who will get things done not PCSO…

    Full marks to the team here when they are around….

    Shame there wasn’t someone around to catch the plonker seeming determined to kill someone on the roads the other night. Reckon he could have been up for dangerous driving without any trouble.

  4. These ‘establishing priorities meetings’ are called PACT, Police and community together. They dont work. They never will. They are taking all my time already, and Police are expected to do all the work. There’s no Together in it.
    I have had enough.

  5. Oh dear! Another Election is looming. Here come the politicians with their lies, more lies, and ……………. Sorry! I’ll shut up.

  6. Well? Where are the statistics?

    So far we’ve only had the lies and the damned lies…

    As per blueknight and dickiebo, “by the pricking of my thumbs, an election this way comes”.
    Just what I needed after reading Gadget’s latest. I shall now find a large, stout brick wall to bang my head on for a while.


  7. You better believe this!
    Sadly, this is the way it is going to be for the forseeable future.
    I am part of it, a much condemned PCSO. After a few years of steady work, hopefully helping both the community and my Police Officer colleagues, it’s all change. Do we really need hours of work spent on compiling lists of KINS (still not sure who they are), and PACTS.
    Yes we should consult and have regular contact with our local public, but should our public dictate our priorities? Because this is what is happening.

    Best wishes to all, on both sides, response and neighbourhood police, because at the moment it seems that a wedge is being driven between workmates.

  8. errrm, we in the Met have been doing this for two years under the guise of safer neighborhoods. 1 skipper 2 pcs and 3 pcsos per ward. We have a mobile but it is off when we are. Our priorities are set by a panel of locals but we get pressure from management to do other stuff instead.

  9. A certain chief in the north no (Norman’s mentioned) is doing this as we speak. Changing shift patterns around having response only teams trimmed to way past what is safe levels. The rest are all community teams working alongside the street wardens and PCSO’s
    Strange really as these community teams finish work at the latest 0200 hours at the weekends leaving the poor response teams to try and put sticking plasters on the rest of he force.
    Am all for change BUT it has to be for the better and not just because someone who wants to be elected again and is on sticky ground, Or a chief wants to be the next met commish says it will. It won’t work not in a million years.

  10. It’s nothing new. We already have this in place where I work. It’s not made a dramatic difference, but improved things a little.

  11. Every day I walk to and around the park with my mutt, then home again. I have never ever seen a PC or any one other than the street cleaner wearing a yellow jacket, and there is supposed to be one of these teams stationed nearby.

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