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by powdermonkey
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 3679

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

Er, Sarge, I'm with this spacecraft now. It's up on bricks and someone's ripped out the CD player and the interstellar warp drive. Can I arrange recovery? All patrols, obs please for a high speed spaceship registration number NC1701 driven by a male called Jim and another male described as having po...
by powdermonkey
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Off topic satellite
Topic: can we go to Mars in ten years?
Replies: 12
Views: 3679

Re: can we go to Mars in ten years?

For God's sake, falkor, don't you think I have a big enough area to patrol already? I can see the call now . . . Report of 3 little green men hanging around a crater. Can you deal?
by powdermonkey
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: CSOs in other countries
Replies: 2
Views: 2001

Re: CSOs in other countries

Very interesting. I noted a few things : 1. he collection and processing of evidence which, I assume, means some form of forensic awareness and training. 2. The involvement in civil proceedings. PCSO's in the UK don't get involved and I think the difference is that we're employed by the police where...
by powdermonkey
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: I'm off. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Replies: 4
Views: 875

Re: I'm off. So long and thanks for all the fish.

Big Brother,

Good luck to, you'll be missed on here. May I ask what bright new career has lured you away?
by powdermonkey
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

Re: the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill

A colleague and I dealt with 4 kids last night, aged from 12 to 14, who had stolen e-cigs to the value of £60 from a shop and one had, earlier in the day, stolen two bottles of the liquid for e-cigs from another shop (this only came to light during the second theft). The e-cigs could not be re-sold ...
by powdermonkey
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Policing & Crime Bill
Replies: 11
Views: 1606

Re: Policing & Crime Bill

JimmyRiddle, I'd be surprised if many people chose to be a voluntary PCSO given that by being a Special they'd get more powers and PPE. It remains to be seen how many hours they'd be expected to commit to. I'd hate to think that any force would seek to replace all it's paid PCSO's with voluntary one...
by powdermonkey
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Policing & Crime Bill
Replies: 11
Views: 1606

Re: Policing & Crime Bill

We have yet to be told what the premium pay will be but it comes just after losing 6% of our shift allowance which equates to approx. £85 take home pay if you're top of the scale (as I think most PCSO's are by now).

As for Unison, I can't say I have any faith in them any more.
by powdermonkey
Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Policing & Crime Bill
Replies: 11
Views: 1606

Re: Policing & Crime Bill

Does anyone know how many hours per week a voluntary PCSO has to commit to? Mind you, I don't understand why anyone would be a volunteer PCSO rather than a Special with extra powers and PPE. My force is apparently looking to recruit PCSO's as backfill to replace those who leave, most of whom become ...
by powdermonkey
Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Front door
Topic: Brave New World
Replies: 6
Views: 890

Re: Brave New World

Big Brother, I agree with you in that I don't give a toss if there's no cover. Here's an example of how this system doesn't work. Last night I got passed a job for nuisance motorbikes 2 to 3 miles from where I was. The off road motorbike team were unavailable - grounded for the winter! I queried my ...
by powdermonkey
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Brave New World
Replies: 6
Views: 890

Brave New World

Well, I've now done two weeks or so of the new shift rota of 6 on and 4 off. The overwhelming feeling is that I'm absolutely knackered! 58 hours in 6 days has taken it out of me. However, the big question is, is it working? Is it providing a better service and better cover for the public? Has it imp...
by powdermonkey
Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: significant pay increase for PCSOs who join Fire Brigade
Replies: 11
Views: 1145

Re: significant pay increase for PCSOs who join Fire Brigade

I have a colleague who I've just discovered is a retained firefighter. This isn't a formal arrangement but something he does. He tells me that he gets £500 a month for this. As it isn't a formal arrangement between the force and the fire service he does this in his spare time. As for how much time h...
by powdermonkey
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Down Shep!
Replies: 0
Views: 560

Down Shep!

JimmyRiddle asked a question about Bite Back anti dog spray in June last year but there appears to have been no replies. I'm sort of raising the issue again but with a variation. Has any been issued with Bite Back or a similar by their force? Can anyone testify to it's effectiveness or lack of? Fina...
by powdermonkey
Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Basement HQ
Topic: the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill
Replies: 7
Views: 2686

Re: the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill

He's wrong. Any responsible and caring parent will have raised their child to know right from wrong and, by the age of 10, that child will know if his or her actions are wrong. As for criminal responsibility, a ten year old will also know that taking another person's belongings, taking things from a...
by powdermonkey
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Goodbye and best of luck to all
Replies: 5
Views: 744

Re: Goodbye and best of luck to all

Now I feel angry :slra: All those years of hard work and, as you say, getting recognition in the form of awards, is just cast aside. We use a system called PEN (no idea what it stands for) and you can get either a negative or a positive entry. I've asked for PEN entries when I've had a good result b...
by powdermonkey
Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Front door
Topic: Goodbye and best of luck to all
Replies: 5
Views: 744

Re: Goodbye and best of luck to all

DOGMA, I read your post with a mixture of feelings, sadness and anger and with a heavy heart. When you say you'll be gone in 3 months, is that because you've been served your redundancy notice? Was there no option of redeployment into another role? I said anger because what a waste by the force of s...