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by NArf
Sun May 04, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: should council wardens and PCSOs merge?
Replies: 4
Views: 1479

Re: should council wardens and PCSOs merge?

Round my way, when PCSOs were introduced the council sacked all their wardens a few months later. The reasoning was that PCSOs were doing much the same job and with more powers. The irony came about around 9 months later when the district council went on to employ four "community reassurance" PCSOs....
by NArf
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: your favourite police stations
Replies: 4
Views: 640

Re: your favourite police stations

Although it's an uninspiring and, to be honest quite dreary station, I have a soft spot for the soon-to-be-closed-and-demolished Lichfield station. Since it was built, I don't think it's ever had a refit so it still feels like a 'real' police station as I knew them when I was young with wooden beams...
by NArf
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:10 am
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: do you have a hot meal at work in the middle of your shift?
Replies: 13
Views: 1670

Re: do you have a hot meal at work in the middle of your shi

Most stations around here have lost since lost manned canteens. In my division, there is just one station remaining, but that is a 'main' station, with just about every department being based their, and HQ. Even then, since our HQ moved to a huge new purpose built site has meant roughly half of staf...
by NArf
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Staffordshire Police catching up
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Staffordshire Police catching up

I've double checked the date and it definitely isn't 1st April. Here we go then......... Staffordshire Police, always the force bringing up the rear when it comes to PCSO's, have announced today that they are granting use of all the discretionary powers. Following a review which has been ongoing for...
by NArf
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: As a PCSO, will you strike on Nov 30th
Replies: 186
Views: 2962

Re: As a PCSO, will you strike on Nov 30th

I voted in favour of strike action, but won't actually be striking (yes, I know). Where I work, there will be 3 pcso's on duty. One isn't in the union, one has said she won't be striking but hasn't given a reason and I won't be because I know what doesn't get done on that day will still be waiting f...
by NArf
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: UNISON slams 34,000 police cuts
Replies: 15
Views: 644

Re: UNISON slams 34,000 police cuts

It's an 11% reduction over 4 years. All police forces have had a freeze on recruitment for how long now? The majority of the cuts, I believe, will be staff turnover. I refuse to be worried by this.
by NArf
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: PCSO Officer Safety Training
Replies: 37
Views: 792

Re: PCSO Officer Safety Training

In Staffordshire so, as ever, we get sweet FA. Even the first aid refresher is now a multiple choice test on NCALT!
by NArf
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: School Liaison
Replies: 8
Views: 952

Re: School Liaison

I'm trying to get away from 'the odd flying visit'. I fully agree that you can't do a proper job that way, which is why I intend to push for the creation of the position. One of those initiatives that come round every so often involved us visiting the schools, but they don't want us there just wonde...
by NArf
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: School Liaison
Replies: 8
Views: 952

School Liaison

We have a daft number of schools in the area (a result of the council giving mad permission to anyone who felt like building 'affordable housing'), which has led to some fairly potted and inconsistent relationships with the schools. Some time ago my (former) sergeant tagged along to watch me do a co...
by NArf
Wed May 25, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Is your force watching your every move?
Replies: 22
Views: 486

Re: Is your force watching your every move?

We've just been given fancy new Airwaves, the old one having reached the end of their operational lifespan (+2 years). As well as all the other 'improvements', is a more accurate GPS chip. I'm yet to see if the overhead power lines make the new one go crazy yet, though. Not only that, I've been info...
by NArf
Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Crime Map UK
Replies: 12
Views: 375

Re: Crime Map UK

After many hours, I actually got to see what all the fuss was about. What alarmed me was the implication that a report of ASB came from my house. A little "1" sat right over it. I'm assuming it's because I'm smack in the middle of the street. To answer your question, I don't think it will help me in...
by NArf
Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: PCSO to PC Fastrack...unfair rules
Replies: 50
Views: 881

Re: PCSO to PC Fastrack...unfair rules

I don't agree with fast tracking to PC per se , but I do think there are certain portions of training that could be removed when training PCSOs, use of the radio, the bulk of the software etc. Here in sunny Staffs, up to the last training course, it was something of a moot point as each class would ...
by NArf
Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: The future policing model?? For the Met it is atleast
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: The future policing model?? For the Met it is atleast

this is what is happening in the next few months in the Met, which may lead to it being England and Wales wide. I doubt that. Agreed. The MET way of working? lol, no thanks. Some LPUs just don't have those kinds of staff numbers anyway - not every force is as big as the Met, and therefore as flexib...
by NArf
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: Not a police matter
Replies: 58
Views: 2401

Re: Not a police matter

Not that we do anything anyway. All we do now is fully document our inaction. I think you've hit the nail on the head there. ASB is now falling out of fashion with our CC, and domestic violence is now in vogue. Around 18 months ago, we were all about 'The 8 Steps To ASB Satisfaction', which basical...
by NArf
Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: Not a police matter
Replies: 58
Views: 2401

Re: Not a police matter

One of my colleagues has to deal with what he calls 'Small Village Syndrome'. He has spent months dealing with what is essentially a neighbour dispute. A horse riding school suffers from a series of thefts. On his advice, they install a beeper on the exterior doors. No more thefts. A neighbour of th...