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by Raven
Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: Recruitment is back on
Replies: 14
Views: 3091

Re: Recruitment is back on

The PCSO role is a satisfying career, I have ben doing this for 11 years. It is constantly evolving and not always for the better.

I am pleased that the recruitment has been resumed, what area are you?
by Raven
Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Front door
Topic: BlackBerrys
Replies: 25
Views: 857

Re: BlackBerrys

Surely if it cuts down on the paperwork then it has to be a good thing??? Plus if you are getting instant feedback without having to queue up this saves time too. Whilst I am a met PCSO and Ihave only a fraction of the paperworkof a PC it is slowly creeping up and without some forethought we will en...
by Raven
Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Front door
Topic: PCSOs with OVER 2 YEARS SERVICE!!
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: PCSOs with OVER 2 YEARS SERVICE!!

A) are you a PCSO?? B) have you been a PCSO for over 2 years? YEAH? well let's hear it from YOU!!! PCSOs with 2 YEARS experience ONLY!! Yes - nearly 5 years in 1) when you joined 2 years ago - what did you think of the PCSO role then? what do you think of it now? Was a little unsure of the role whe...
by Raven
Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

Re: Confrontational or not ????

When the Met commissioner stands up in a conference and says to PCSOs -"You are not confrontational, but if it is happening in front of you we expect you to deal with it, it would not do to have uniformed officers seen to run away or stand back and do nothing......" I have had to paraphrase as this ...
by Raven
Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: PCSOs could REPLACE constables in the Met
Replies: 66
Views: 2781

The Role of the PCSO continues to be reviewed, and a major review is starting as we type. The role we carry out is valued more than most of us appreciate. We have been a succes, and despite all the problems, the public love us and in the most part they respect us. I and most of the colleagues that I...
by Raven
Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

Again, it is not really another argument about kit, I was just trying to point out that whatever the official line is, we are there on the street and anyone on the street in a busy area wearing a uniform is sooner or later going to run across a person that wants to be aggressive.
by Raven
Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

So just who is the front line of day to day policing? It is not in question to my mind, it is us - PCSOs. We are on the street, we are there and we should be fully equiped to deal with ANY situation until the big boys arrive. In my mind this tired old argument about equipment has been overtaken by r...
by Raven
Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

Sometimes I wonder if the word "confrontational"is misleading. I have a PCSO on a neighbouring borough stabbed and slashed with a stanly knife sitting with his arm out of a patrol car at traffic lights. On my borough one of our PCSOs was stabbed in the arm when he tried to stop a cyclist. Another wa...
by Raven
Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Standard Powers!
Replies: 86
Views: 9989

Why is this petition not better publicised? I would thnk we would all sign it if we knew about it.
I will certainly be telling everyone.
by Raven
Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

Of course you are right.

We are a cheap resource and we will be used.

If we are told that we are non confrontational then we cannot expect compensation when we step in to help, thus saving money.
by Raven
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

I work in a city centre and was told when I first arrived 4 years ago, that we were non confrontational (that still makes me laugh) and we would never work past 10pm as it was too dangerous for PCSOs. Well we all know the truth of that, I am out there til 2am on Fridays and Saturdays standing in the...
by Raven
Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Confrontational or not ????
Replies: 403
Views: 19209

When trouble is brewing outside a pub, the presence of a uniform can calm things down, but I always risk assess before approaching a situation, and if I beleive it is too volatile I stand back and wait for the cavalry. However, on most occassions I can keep things at a decent level by talking to the...
by Raven
Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:27 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Standard Powers!
Replies: 86
Views: 9989

I firmly beleive that without the power of detention you are limited in your effectiveness. You have nothing to stop the ASB people from just walking away laughing at you. In my area we have the power to detain and we use it, not often, but once it is known that you have it and that you are willing ...
by Raven
Mon May 28, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Scottish CSOs?
Replies: 53
Views: 1199

Well that is fabulous, I love the video and the interviewee who bounces from foot to foot as she talks, she can hardly wait to go fine someone.

I could not bear to watch it all the way through though, too much like the Gestapo for my liking.
by Raven
Mon May 28, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: PCSO's replaceing station officers?
Replies: 143
Views: 4566

It is saving money and getting more people into uniform. SROs did not join to go on patrol and so they should not have to. this is a clear abuse of power to force them out onto the streets. The talk was always of blurring the lines between police and pcso's now this is blurring the line again but in...