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Author Topic: Ninety PCSOs patrolling Berkshire East  (Read 4245 times)
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« on: May 13, 2008, 11:57:36 AM »

A total of ninety Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are now patrolling the streets of Berkshire East Basic Command Unit (BCU), increasing police visibility and providing greater reassurance.
Of these 90 officers, 37 are working from Slough, 30 in Maidenhead and 23 in Bracknell.
PCSOs are a vital part of the wider Thames Valley Police family. They are uniformed, highly visible members of police staff whose role is to support the work of regular police officers working within a community.
They also play a vital role in the drive towards neighbourhood policing, being part of the neighbourhood teams which have been formed up and down the Force. The approach of providing all communities with their own dedicated neighbourhood policing teams aims to identify and resolve issues affecting people's sense of security.
PCSOs wear a similar uniform to police officers and provide high visibility patrols to tackle lower level crime such as disorder, nuisance and anti-social behaviour within the neighbourhood. In order to control these problems, the PCSOs patrol known crime and anti-social hot-spot areas along with monitoring Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. Having these officers to patrol the communities, frees up time for regular officers, in order for them to concentrate on more serious crimes and incidents.
A PCSO has the ability to communicate and empathise with people from all backgrounds, in a vast range of situations, to help solve any problems that may arise. They are extremely approachable and have the ability to focus on the needs of the whole community.

Their roles and functions include providing uniformed, official presence within a specific area with the aim of improving the quality of life in the community, making people feel confident and reassured. They also work with partners and community organisations to address anti-social behaviour, the fear of crime and environmental issues which affect the quality of life for the community.

Although a PCSO does not have the ability to arrest, the powers they have include issuing fixed penalties for cyclists on paths, dog fouling and litter dropping. They can seize alcohol from people in designated no drinking areas along with seizing alcohol and tobacco from underage youths. If people are acting in an anti-social manner, they can demand their name and address and disperse groups or remove youths to their place of residence. They can also carry out road checks including stopping vehicles for tests and seize abandoned vehicles. Finally, they have the power to enter a property in order to save life or limb or to prevent serious damage.

For more details, please visit the Thames Valley Police website http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk
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Rob
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2008, 12:03:03 AM »

They could do well to lead by example. Cycling on footpaths and with no lights after dusk doesn't look good. I've seen examples of both in the last 2 weeks by PCSOs.
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limpt
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008, 11:36:04 AM »

Nice one Rob! You just cant beat a good old fashion negative approach.
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Paris
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008, 02:20:56 PM »

 Shocked  Nothing wrong with pointing out facts - how are they going to be able to stop someone else for riding on the pavement and with no lights after dark if they are doing it themselves? 
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limpt
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008, 02:59:11 PM »

maybe they are working under cover.
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Rob
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2008, 12:20:05 AM »

Don't mention it!
I wouldn't have if cycling on pavements wasn't one of those items specifically mentioned that they can deal with.
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