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Mottingham and Chislehurst North corrupt PCSO helped escaped prisoner avoid police for year
5:52pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 in News By Heloise Wood
A CROOKED police community support officer (PCSO) helped an escaped prisoner avoid capture for almost a year.

Ogus Batmaz, who worked for the Mottingham and Chislehurst North Safer Neighbourhood Team, helped 34-year-old fugitive Wayne Farrell evade police from July 2009 to May 2010 after he failed to return to prison after day release.

Adding to the tangled web of corruption, Batmaz's colleague, PCSO Nicholas Goodwin, aged 25, of Marion Crescent, Orpington, has denied misconduct in a public office between 2007 and 2010 and will stand trial early next year.

On December 13 Southwark Crown Court heard how Farrell was hiding out at the home he shared with his girlfriend Emma Tooke, of Crown Lane, Bromley, while using data to stay ahead of the authorities which former PSCO Batmaz had stolen from police computers.

Farrell, of Quilters Place, Eastnor Road, in New Eltham, had denied conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office but changed his plea to guilty at Southwark Crown Court.

Tooke, aged 33, admitted harbouring an escaped prisoner and was warned she too faces a jail term


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PCSO to tweet while patrolling Buxton’s streets
Published on Sunday 16 December 2012 17:00 Derbyshire Times
PEOPLE living in Buxton can keep up-to-date with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team after Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Allyson Ratcliffe took over the Twitter profile @BuxtonTownSNT.

Officers use Twitter to share details of patrols, operations they take part in and offer crime prevention advice. They also make appeals for information about crime.

PCSO Ratcliffe said: “We’re still out on the streets, holding surgeries and forums and meeting community groups and the public face-to-face.

“But people get their information in different ways these days and Twitter is a very popular one, which is why I was keen to get to grips with it.

“I’m new to tweeting but with a little practice I’ll get there, and keep the people of Buxton in the loop about what we’re up to.”

Residents can also follow @NewMillsSNT.


Every London borough will maintain a police station open 24 hours a day
There was an article in The Times this morning about plans by the Metropolitan Police to reduce the number of buildings they own. This is both to reduce costs and release funds for more police on the beat. Some police stations have very low numbers visiting to report crime. Increasingly people prefer to contact the police by phone or email. So some police stations will close and instead the police will open reporting counters at places like supermarkets, cafes, churches and football clubs. It means contact between the police and the public should increase while costs are reduced.

What if you want to report a crime confidentially?

At the Mayor of London Question Time meeting with the London Assembly meeting on November 21st, Boris Johnson said:

Every borough must have a 24 hour police station where the public can go in confidence and report serious crime; that is absolutely essential.

This is a significant point which was not mentioned in The Times splash. Instead we had Labour politicians such as the Labour MP David Lammy and the London Assembly member Andrew Dismore suggesting that reporting crime confidentially and in person, would cease to be possible.

Mr Dismore was at the meeting on November 21st. He knows that is not true. It is scaremongering and comes fro people who fail to offer realistic alternatives to reducing crime while faced with the constraint of a smaller budget.

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A POLICE Community Support Officer (PCSO) who helped arrest three wanted men in one weekend has been rewarded for 'going the extra mile'.       Ben Wallis Hannah Shroot • Published 2 Dec 2012 10:00
PCSO Ben Wallis joined more than 30 police officers and staff, paramedics and community members who were commended for helping make Slough a safer place, at the Thames Valley Police Commendation Awards on Tuesday.

During one weekend in June, the 23-year-old recognised two wanted men wanted and helped in their arrests.

The same weekend, he found a vulnerable missing woman and, while helping her, spotted a third man wanted by police and ensured the man was detained.

The Stoke Poges resident, who started working as a PCSO when he was 17, said: "It feels good to know that our seniors have a lot of pride in what we do."

The awards ceremony took place at Eton Dorney Conference Centre, at Dorney Lake.

Slough Local Police Area commander, superintendent Richard Humphrey, presented the commendations and praised those receiving them for going 'above and beyond' their duties.


select for full story A new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is out patrolling the streets across Newbold.
Mandy A 28 Nov 2012
PCSO Becky King, aged 22, is joining regular officers on the beat covering the Newbold, Dunston, Whittington Moor and St Helen’s area.

Before becoming a PCSO, Becky studied at university and spent time volunteering with victim support and youth services.

Becky has a degree in law and criminology and a masters degree in forensic criminology, but in her spare time enjoys rock climbing.

She is one of three new PCSOs to join the team which covers Chesterfield.

Inspector Steve Ball, who is in charge of policing in the Chesterfield area, has welcomed the new additions.

He said: “I am sure that our three new PCSOs will be a valuable asset to policing in our area, helping us to maintain a visible presence and working within the communities they serve to target any concerns around lower level crime and anti-social behaviour.

“If you see your local officers out and about in your area, please don’t hesitate to say hello, as I know they are all really keen to get to know their communities.”

Pictured: PCSO Becky King is pictured on the right, alongside other new PCSOs Kirsty Handby and Mike Sharp


Met wants public to report crimes at counters in mosques and coffee shops
The Metropolitan Police is considering asking the public to report crimes at new "contact points" in public places such as mosques and coffee shops as it looks to abandon traditional police station front counters.       By Tom Rowley 9:14AM GMT 10 Dec 2012
The service wants to set up more than 200 of the new desks as it looks to cut back on 65 "underused" front counters. The force plans to save £500 million by 2015 and has already looked to sell its Scotland Yard headquarters.

The plans, which are currently in consultation, could see the public reporting crimes in churches and mosques as well as supermarkets, community centres and libraries.

The force says it is considering sharing the counters with "partners" and placing them in "other public places", as well as on its existing estate.

A Costa coffee shop in Highgate, North London, could be used as a counter, Labour councillors have claimed.

David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, criticised the plans. "Going into a police station is often the last thing people want to do: they are often under emotional strain," he told The Times.

"This is not the environment in which you expect victims to be sharing the space with people drinking lattes. It's a serious public service that requires serious public premises."

But a spokesman for the force defended the plans.

He said: "We are reviewing our front counter services at police stations to see how effectively these services are used. We have looked closely at how many and what types of crime are reported in person at police stations, which will help inform any decisions to alter opening hours or close front counters whilst being there where victims need us


POLICE CHIEFS WARN THAT CUTS WILL DESTROY TRADITIONAL POLICING
select for full story Sunday December 2,2012 By James Fielding and Ken Hyder
THE bobby on the beat will disappear for ever if there are more drastic Government cuts, senior police chiefs warned last night.`

They complain they are already “stripped to the bone” and could be forced to choose between vital jobs the public rely on. With the thin blue line at breaking point, more Treasury cuts would put forces in the firing line if they were unable to send out officers on patrols.

Chief officers say it will soon be impossible for them to deal with call-outs such as non-fatal road accidents and missing person reports. It will also leave them too presence and respond to the thousands of complaints of antisocial behaviour.

The 43 police forces in England and Wales are already struggling to cope with a 20 per cent budget cut, which will see 16,000 officers lost by 2014 to save £750million.

Nearly 7,000 frontline jobs have gone since 2010 with thousands more officers taken off the streets to deal with administration duties after the loss of many civilian staff.

Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England Wales, said: “We have already been stripped to the bone, we cannot afford to lose any more officers.

“Our emphasis is on community policing but with so many frontline positions lost and with so many officers having to do admin duties, that is going to be impossible to do.

“We will have a situation where the police will have to weigh up what kind of response they make to certain calls and decide whether it is worth sending out officers. We are being constantly told by the Home Secretary to concentrate solely on criminal matters but with the cuts biting as deeply as they are how does the Home Secretary still intend to send police officers to incidents like missing persons, car accidents, noise problems or even provide assistance to paramedics?

One police chief told the Sunday Express that further job losses will change policing altogether.

Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock of Bedfordshire Police, which had a budget cut of £19million between 2011 and 2015, warned: “We have done well but we have come as close as we can to being as lean as we can, without real damage.

“There is a genuine worry of what the future will look like. If there is another round of cuts...we would be forced into adopting a far more responsive style.

“We’d have to weigh up whether the call was urgent. In that sense, we would have to pick and choose our jobs, there may be call-outs where we would feel it was not appropriate to send staff.”


select for full story TWO Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from Grimsby have joined the Barton and District team.
24 November, 2012 Grimsby Telegraph
Nicola Marsh has joined the Barton neighbourhood policing team, while Sarah Lister will cover the Ferry ward area.

The extra officers, based at Barton Police Station, are employed by Humberside Police but the posts have been funded by North Lincolnshire Council.

The council pledged £38,430 in its budget for the current financial year towards crime prevention initiatives.

Both of the new officers began their roles at the beginning of this month.

Ms Marsh, 41, has been a PCSO for four years and was previously based in Grimsby.

"My dad was a police officer and I have been brought up with that background, so it seemed like a natural thing to do," she said. "I like conversing with members of the public, I am a very easy-going person and I like a challenge."

Mrs Lister, 25, has been a PCSO for three years and also previously worked in Grimsby.

"I became a PCSO to help a lot of people who can't help themselves," she said. "You can spend time with them and solve problems for them.

"It has been different, going from a busy residential estate to a rural area but there are different challenges."


Camborne PCSO honoured for her work with migrant workers     Tuesday, November 27, 2012 WBjridge
A Camborne PCSO has been honoured for her "tenacity and professionalism".

According to her bosses, PCSO Bev Faull has been "outstanding" since she started working with migrant workers in west Cornwall in January 2010.


Bev and Steve have been working with the county’s migrant workforce for the past three years

Her citation, read out at the presentation at Bodmin police station, said: "Bev has become a source of great knowledge in eastern European culture as well as immigration, housing, employment and health and safety legislation, effectively planning and running multi-agency operations to tackle exploitation in west Cornwall.

"She has made a huge difference to the way migrant workers are treated in Cornwall and has received both national and international acclaim.

"She is now working with UKBA to prevent exploitation of individuals working in our takeaway restaurants and effectively using legislation to repatriate those not complying with European treaty rights."


Brodkin Comic Seized As DVD Theft Stunt Goes Wrong
9:16am UK, Thursday 22 November 2012 SKY NEWS

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The officer thought a crime was in progress when TV star Simon Brodkin pretended to steal his own DVD.

Brodkin was in character as one of his creations - South London tearaway Lee Nelson - and was doing a signing at HMV on London's Oxford Street.

He staged a stunt in which he "stole" one of his own DVDs, after which he was chased around the store by an actor dressed up as a police officer.

They ended up running outside, where they were spotted by the real officer who detained Brodkin.

4:11pm Wednesday 21st November 2012 in News By Lizzie Anderson
A SELF-STYLED gangster who threatened to kill a police community support officer (PCSO), has been jailed - despite his pleas to remain with his terminally ill mother.
Christopher Cockburn made the drunken threats against the PCSO at a party in Ferryhill, County Durham, on June 27.

John Garside, prosecuting, said three PCSOs attended the party at 8.15pm after noise complaints.

He described how the 23-year-old had jumped around in the street, shouting, swearing and challenging one of the PCSOs to a fight.

Police were called and Cockburn, who claimed to be unwell, was arrested and taken to hospital.

“At the hospital he continued to make threats stating: ‘You’re dead. Do you know who I am? I am a gangster. What’s your name? You’re dead," said Mr Garside.

Cockburn, of Burn Place, Willington, admitted using threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour. He also admitted stealing 12 cans of Carlsberg lager from Mainsforth News, Ferryhill, on September 19.

The offences put him in breach of a suspended sentence, which he received in August for assaulting a police officer, breaching a restraining order and resisting a police officer


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