Plans to make police community support officers the first point of contact for members of the public have been criticised by the former home secretary David Blunkett.Yes, that’s right – Blunkett is criticising the expansion of the system he set up in order to blur the boundaries between police officers and unwarranted uniformed busibodies way back when he was Home Office Minister.
South Yorkshire police wants its regular officers to be regrouped into teams available to deal with serious incidents only. The PCSOs will carry out all work on the streets.
Blunkett, who is MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, said: "Community support officers are intended to be part of the neighbourhood beat teams and not a replacement for them. It would be deeply regrettable if we reverted to the Z-Cars era of flying squads and concentration on reaction, rather than prevention."Oh, if only they did just concentrate on reaction, rather than churning out message after message warning motorists not to leave valuables in their cars, and chasing down people being mean on social media to warn them that it ‘might be’ an offence.
I think we’d actually all prefer that.
He added that lessons had been learned on policing policy "which is why from the mid-1990s to the present time we have seen such a dramatic drop in crime".OK. Hands up. Who thinks we’ve seen ‘a dramatic drop in crime’?