2018 items

select for full details Video: A different kind of individual pursuit - Derby PCSO chases down bike thief
Scott Liddle was handed a suspended sentence less than two weeks ago - now he's behind bars for reoffending...
By Simon MacMichael 6 Sep, 2018

Police in Derbyshire have released dramatic footage of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) setting off in pursuit of a man who had been planning to steal a bike from a shelter at the train station at Pride Park.

PCSO Jim Sadler of the Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team was on a bike patrol on the afternoon of Thursday 23 August when he spotted 37-year-old Scott Liddle acting suspiciously.When the officer stopped to challenge him, Liddle handed him his backpack – later found to contain a pair of bolt croppers - and rode off.


select for full details Suspected 'spice drug' seized in Taunton town centre by PCSO
the drugs will be be sent for forensic examination
By Michael Taylor 16 Oct, 2018

a police community support officer seized two packets of substances which are believed to be the illegal drug, spice.

PCSO Sam Bushden was on patrol on Saturday afternoon and evening (October 13) in Taunton town centre.

Here he took packets containing illegal substances from "multiple individuals" and believes the bags contain the drug spice.

The "green vegetable matter" will be be sent for forensic examination.

A Facebook post from the PCSO reads: "Throughout my shift I have seized the below packets off of multiple individuals throughout the town centre.

"In these circumstances, we would call the substance a green vegetable matter, because until it's been tested, we don't know for definite what it is.


select for full details Emergency incident as PCSO steps in to save a life in Doncaster Market Place
hero police community support officer Natalie Martin sprang into action to save the life of a man found unconscious and not breathing on a Doncaster street.
By David Kessen 26 Oct, 2018

Natalie was on patrol with another officer in Doncaster market on Sunday September 30, a quiet day in the area, when the market was not open.

She saw a man in a doorway at Market Place and became concerned about his appearance, as his skin appeared grey. He was not breathing - so she sprang into action with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, while her colleague called for an ambulance.

Natalie said: "It was on a Sunday, which is not a market day, so the market was really quiet.

"As I went up, I saw he was not moving. His skin was grey and his lips were blue. "I thought he was dead at first. But I stretched him out. I could get a faint pulse, but there was no breathing.






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2018 items

select for full details Sacked PCSO has now been kicked out of Lancashire's fire service
A FORMER police community support officer - sacked by Lancashire Constabulary after being arrested over alleged domestic violence - has now been dismissed by the county's fire service.
By Peter Magill 12 Oct, 2018

Paul Baden, then known as Paul McGladdery, hit the headlines in 2007 when he was questioned by colleagues on suspicion of attacking his then-partner.

An assault charge against the officer, which he denied, was eventually dropped by prosecutors when the case came to court.

But the incident was enough to merit the probationary PCSO, who covered the West Craven area, being kicked out of the force.

It has now emerged that McGladdery, who is understood to have subsequently changed his name to Baden, has also been booted out of the fire service. He is believed to be considering an appeal.

He is understood to have started out as a retained firefighter at Colne after he left the police.

Later he moved on to become full-time officer at Bacup, later transferring to work in Fleetwood.

Fire chiefs have declined to confirm the exact reasons behind Baden's dismissal, but it is believed he has been suspended for the past seven months while the disciplinary process went on.

One source told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The brigade was warned by a fellow employee of the individual's previous and ignored the facts.

"It has been a ridiculously drawn-out state of affairs which has been going for most of the year."

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that an individual had been subject to an internal disciplinary procedure which had resulted in his dismissal and which has a right of appeal.

Before he was taken on by Lancashire Police, he had previously worked as a lifeguard and football coach at Pendle Leisure Centre in Colne.


select for full details 'I was treated like dirt': Former prison officer reveals how working conditions forced her to leave service
'I was told if you're not happy here, there's the door. There was no support, I'd never been so excited about a job but I came out of it feeling so hateful towards the service'
By May Bulman 30 Aug, 2018

Tess Wale had wanted to become a prison officer for years. At the age of 39, after having children, she was finally able to do the 10-week training course and qualify. On 29 May 2017, she drove to HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire for her first shift.

The Birmingham resident arrived on her first day to find that nobody was aware it was her start date. She was told to go home. On the second day, she was given a brief induction and sent straight to the wing.

"For my first few days on the wing, I didn't have any protection. I had no baton," she tells The Independent. "I was walking around with inmates who were in there for life for whatever crimes they had committed, without any form of protection."


select for full details PCSO saves bleeding man's life with spoon and belt
'a community police officer saved a man from bleeding to death by using a spoon and a belt to staunch a serious wound'
By Press Assoc 10 Oct, 2018

PCSO Matthew Kieboom used the improvised tourniquet to stop the "catastrophic" blood loss after a man severely cut his hand and forearm.

The officer was on patrol in Cardigan, Mid Wales, when he noticed the injured man lying on the floor suffering 'uncontrollable bleeding' from injuries caused by smashed glass.

The Dyfed-Powys Police PCSO, who was previously deployed with the military in Iraq, wrapped his belt around the man's arm and got a member of the public to fetch a spoon which he used to tighten the makeshift bandage and stop the bleeding.

PCSO Kieboom said: 'Despite excellent direct pressure being applied to the wounds by a member of the public, the only reason the bleeding came under control was because an improvised tourniquet was applied and the pressure was maintained.

'I cannot stress enough how effective the tourniquet can be - even a Blue Peter version - with what you have to hand or nearby. Think pens, ties, batons, slings, even torches and the plastic tube for a breathalyser can be used in making an improvised tourniquet.'






PTC : The Police Treatment Centres

select for full details For a modest payment each month you could have the comfort of knowing PTC will be there for you if you are ill or injured
Once signed up, a monthly donation will be taken directly from your bank and you will then be eligible to apply for free treatment at the PTC
Helen Wynn-Evans, a West Yorkshire PCSO, recently attended the Treatment Centre in Harrogate following an ankle injury during a charity run. Helen was fortunate that she was only put on restricted duties for a couple of days but the pain she was experiencing made it difficult to carry out her daily foot patrol, an important aspect of the job.

Helen shared her experience at the Centre: "After two doctors' visits and four months of physio, the Treatment Centres picked up additional nerve damage around my knee, which had been causing the continued discomfort, and treated this straight away. While it sounds silly, I didn't realise how much the injury was affecting me 'mood wise', just by someone confirming that I had actually injured myself made a huge difference! Then reassuring me that things do take time to heal and it's okay to be patient. On top of that, being encouraged to try other activities that I would not have usually considered proved that I still had the mobility to maintain my fitness whilst not causing further pain by pushing myself too much."









America leads the way on Three Strikes Laws

Should the UK follow that lead?

welcome to Prison Officers .Org.UK The state of Washington passed the first three strikes law in 1993. Anyone convicted of three separate violent felonies was then sentenced to life in prison with no chance for Parole. The state of California followed, in 1994, by enacting a three strikes law that mandates a sentence of 25 years to life for a third felony conviction. Unlike Washington, the California law counted nonviolent felonies, such as Burglary and theft, as "strike" offenses. The popularity of the three strikes law in California was pronounced. By 2001 over 50,000 criminals had been sentenced under the new law, far more than any other state, with almost one-quarter of the inmates facing a minimum of 25 years in prison.welcome to Prison Officers .Org.UK Not surprisingly, California's law has drawn the most attention in the debate over three strikes statutes.

Should the UK follow that lead?

Back here in the UK, we have plenty of criminals who are career criminals, so many "catch me if you can" career criminals, simply return to their criminal ways virtually as soon as they are let out of prison (again)

The UK's Revolving Door Justice System serves the public poorly

Spending money to keep society safe is money well spent and that is THREE STRIKES in a nutshell. 25 years have passed since America started the process of introducing THREE STRIKES Laws. Isn't it about time that the UK at least began TALKING about THREE STRIKES?






2018 items

select for full details Thurrock PCSO picks up award for diversity and equality
Macdonald Neife, chairman of the minority and ethnic support association, has won a national award for his work
By Braintree and Witham Times 14 Oct, 2018

The Police Staff Award at this year's National Black Police Association was presented to Mr Neife for his passion and dedication in driving positive change within the force by reaching out to, and engaging with, people from diverse backgrounds.

Mr Neife champions the force as an inclusive organisation and has been heavily involved in Essex Police's first diversity and inclusion campaign due to launch at the end of the year.

The positive work of the officer and MESA is playing a key part in making the police workforce more inclusive and breaking down any barriers which may exist between Essex Police and communities.

Chief constable BJ Harrington said, "Mac is an absolute star and I'm so proud that his work has been recognised on the national stage.

"Mac's work supporting officers and staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and his advocacy in those communities in Essex for the police as a great career choice is exemplary. Like many other police forces we need to work harder and more effectively to address the under-representation of different communities in our county.


select for full details Police could suspend 101 non-emergency number
Bedfordshire Police suspended the service this week to cope with a spike in calls
By Lizzie Dearden 10 Nov, 2018

Police forces across the country could start suspending the non-emergency 101 service to cope with an influx of calls, it has been warned.

Bedfordshire Police announced a "suspension" of 101 after a spike in 999 calls last week, in what could be the first move of its kind.

But The Independent has learned there is no requirement for police forces to inform authorities or the public if they take the same decision.

Suspensions of 101 are not formally recorded by either the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) or the Home Office, meaning that the scale of the practice is unknown.


select for full details 'Fake ambulance' pulled over by Swansea police
An "apparently fake" ambulance vehicle was pulled over as it was being driven by a man in Swansea, police have said.
By BBC NEWS 13 Nov, 2018

The estate car, which was covered in highly-visible paint and logos, was stopped at Penclawdd, Gower, on Monday.

The 19-year-old driver was held on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified, with no insurance and other offences.

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed it was not one of its vehicles and the driver was not an employee.

Twitter "Male arrested this morning for driving this ambulance in Penclawdd for driving whilst disqualified/no insurance+other offences. Great team work by #team3townhill @SWP_Roads #GowerNPT + @WelshAmbulance.Please note this is not a @WelshAmbulance vehicle nor is the driver an employee"