JimmyRiddle- fair point. I sometimes find that not rising to the bait winds the scrotes up far more effectively than getting abuse about which we can do nothing. Just following them can have a great effect...
On Sunday I followed a group of three (two of them known shoplifters, the third unidentified) off the High Street. They knew they were being watched, hadn't actually done anything, and kept turning round (making the odd hand gesture)- obviously concerned that they had been spotted. They were too far away for the general public to notice anything 'unusual'- so it was just 'me and them', and no-one could have said "Why do you take this abuse"? 3-0 to PCSOs on this occasion!
Yesterday, 2 well-known ASB youths nicely hooded up, along with a third youth too well hooded up to be identified (although 80% sure who it was). They weren't doing anything on the High Street, so not worth a stop- just as a sighting for a Crimint. I said "Hi, how are you doing, long time no see", and one of them turned around and replied, "We're not doing anything" and they just kept walking, turning round along their way to leaving the High Street somewhat more quickly than they'd planned to do. How satisfying to sense their frustration at being recognised and followed. Later the same day, another well known ASB youth, well hooded up, but instantly recognised by me, crossed the High Street on his cycle... I greeted him, he turned around a few times, obviously frustrated at being recognised, and rode off down a side street, spitting along the way. Hmmm, can't imagine why these ASB youths don't seem to like my company very much. All I wanted was to put a spanner into his 'human rights' by saying hello and having a cosy little natter... Poor scrotes, they're not having much luck with us pesky PCSOs wandering the sreets. Another day of 3-0 to PCSOs!
Yep, this job can be quite satisfying at times like this... the scrotes and their 'Human Rights' allies are not the happiest bunnies with us around
Just watching and observing groups and individuals from a distance can be more effective in many cases... even more so by pretending to speak on the radio each time you get noticed.
I may not agree with what you have to say- but I'll defend to the death (well, almost) your right to say it.
May the Reasonable Force be with you !