Sunday, 27 December 2009

'Policing On The Cheap' Has Failed...

Interesting to see that the Tories are raising hopes that scrapping the despised PCSOs may be on the cards.

One thing in the article struck me, however:
Earlier this year a report found that PCSOs accounted for more than half of all police staff gross misconduct cases during the last financial year despite only making up about a fifth of the workforce.
No clearer evidence exists that these people are precisely the sort you shouldn't give power to...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget that a PCSO costs 80% the price of a full bobby (even before all that misconduct stuff is taken into account). It's almost as if the person responsible for them was a blind old f*ck who was more interested in getting his leg over than in the safety of the public. I couldn't possibly comment.

Angry Exile said...

Also worth noting that much of the twattishness involved in hassling photographers seems to involve PCSOs rather than real cops. Yes, it often escalates to the involvement of real cops but I expect they've got an obligation to respond once a plastic plod has radioed in to say that he's detained another innocent photographer.

I'll give them the benefit of doubt and say that almost certainly they're not all worthless pricks, but those who aren't should simply be told to become real cops. The rest should be given the phone number of Securicor's HR department and told to fuck off.

von Spreuth said...

a report found that PCSOs accounted for more than half of all police staff gross misconduct cases during the last financial year despite only making up about a fifth of the workforce.

Oh?

So this is relevant when discussing plastic plod, put has absolutely no relevance when similar comparisons are made between percentages of immigrants to "others", per head of population and a perculiar atraction for all things criminal?

ranter said...

I've always believed that PCSOs were brought in to being so as to enable the police 'service' to attempt to get close to the ridiculous artificial racial quotas introduced by Lord "he's gone native" MacPherson after his ever so expensive and ultimately pointless 'Lawrence Enquiry'. their justification has always been 'public reassurance' but most people just get annoyed at seeing them wandering around in groups of three doing fuck all. The ones with any real oomph are quickly recruited into the regular police the rest just cost us all a lot of money.
Mr Von Spreuth's point is a valid one as a close examination of the racial ethnicity of all PCSO's and Police officers dealt with by internal disciplinary proceeding as well as the courts would be interesting reading......allegedly.

JuliaM said...

"It's almost as if the person responsible for them was a blind old f*ck who was more interested in getting his leg over than in the safety of the public. I couldn't possibly comment."

Heh..! :p

"Also worth noting that much of the twattishness involved in hassling photographers seems to involve PCSOs rather than real cops."

Yes. But the real ones are learning fast...

"So this is relevant when discussing plastic plod, put has absolutely no relevance when similar comparisons are made between percentages of immigrants to "others", per head of population and a perculiar atraction for all things criminal?"

Hmm, good point. They do want to have their cake and eat it, don't they?

"I've always believed that PCSOs were brought in to being so as to enable the police 'service' to attempt to get close to the ridiculous artificial racial quotas..."

Because of the lowered qualifying conditions? It could well be. Do they count towards their diversity stats, though?

Henry Crun said...

What everyone tends to forget is that PCSOs are not employed by the Police Service (god how I hate those words)...they are just local council employees in hi-vis jackets.

von Spreuth. said...

Henry Crun said...
the Police Service (god how I hate those words)


So do not use them.

"P.C" can only work if the population bends over to the presure from the fundamentalist Greens/Liberals/commy twats, to do so.

Go on!!!

SAY it;

POLICE FORCE!

THERE, does THAT not feel better?

Take three times per day. with meals.