Crime concerns as PCSO funding is lost

Crime spree comes as PCSO funding is lost

Crime spree comes as PCSO funding is lost

First published in News

CONCERNS have been raised people are taking advantage of a "lack of police presence" after a wave of thefts and criminal damage in the Manningtree area.

A police report given to the latest Lawford Parish Council meeting on Monday showed 18 crimes across the three parishes of Manningtree, Mistley and Lawford in March.

All but one of those incidents, which was an assault, were reports of theft or criminal damage.

Councillor Jenine Collier said: "Is it because people know there's no police presence in the area now?

"I haven't seen any police presence for weeks."

The three parishes are set to lose their two dedicated PCSOs after match-funding was scrapped by Essex Police.

A spokesman for Essex Police disputed claims there was a lack of officer presence and said the number of crimes was stable in the area with just three more this March compared to the same frame time last year.

"There is a police presence there every single day of the week," he said.

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6:18pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Policing within the community is lacking everywhere these days and it's pointless reporting minor issues using their 101 non emergency telephone number because they don't follow up on most calls in a timely manner anyway. (It is a good way to keep the crime reporting figures down though!)

It has also been known for a long time the role of PCSO is rather pointless as their powers are very limited and usually they are only to be seen chatting and congregating in little groups around town centre.
Policing within the community is lacking everywhere these days and it's pointless reporting minor issues using their 101 non emergency telephone number because they don't follow up on most calls in a timely manner anyway. (It is a good way to keep the crime reporting figures down though!) It has also been known for a long time the role of PCSO is rather pointless as their powers are very limited and usually they are only to be seen chatting and congregating in little groups around town centre. Say It As It Is OK?
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6:53pm Fri 18 Apr 14

HARRY438 says...

Plastic police? Nice idea but it never caught on IMO
Plastic police? Nice idea but it never caught on IMO HARRY438
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Fri 18 Apr 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Street lighting being turned off is in action. Mistley polce station has closed...or at least...as good as. Havnt seen a pcso doing the beat in weeks. Extra crime was...and is..expected to raise its ugly head even more. Sorry state of affairs.
Street lighting being turned off is in action. Mistley polce station has closed...or at least...as good as. Havnt seen a pcso doing the beat in weeks. Extra crime was...and is..expected to raise its ugly head even more. Sorry state of affairs. SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Fri 18 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

"A spokesman for Essex Police disputed claims there was a lack of officer presence and said the number of crimes was stable in the area ...."

They always leave out an important word before the word crime when they make these claims - "reported". As people know Plod will do nothing they don't bother reporting minor crimes.
"A spokesman for Essex Police disputed claims there was a lack of officer presence and said the number of crimes was stable in the area ...." They always leave out an important word before the word crime when they make these claims - "reported". As people know Plod will do nothing they don't bother reporting minor crimes. hughie-s
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8:27pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

PCSO never does anything; no criminal is so thick they do it when such are around.

I certainly prefer PCSO to go and save my council tax for something which has merit.
PCSO never does anything; no criminal is so thick they do it when such are around. I certainly prefer PCSO to go and save my council tax for something which has merit. Jack222
  • Score: 1

12:59am Sat 19 Apr 14

Boris says...

HARRY438 wrote:
Plastic police? Nice idea but it never caught on IMO
There is a cardboard one on permanent duty at the Home bargains shop near Asda.
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: Plastic police? Nice idea but it never caught on IMO[/p][/quote]There is a cardboard one on permanent duty at the Home bargains shop near Asda. Boris
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7:27am Sat 19 Apr 14

HARRY438 says...

Boris wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
Plastic police? Nice idea but it never caught on IMO
There is a cardboard one on permanent duty at the Home bargains shop near Asda.
Must be lonely for him down there while all his mates are in a huddle around the back of M&S?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: Plastic police? Nice idea but it never caught on IMO[/p][/quote]There is a cardboard one on permanent duty at the Home bargains shop near Asda.[/p][/quote]Must be lonely for him down there while all his mates are in a huddle around the back of M&S? HARRY438
  • Score: 1

11:43am Sat 19 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Personally I think PCSO's offer very little. Kids, especially, have little or no respect for them. Just last week I saw two PCSO's chatting to some teens over Monkwick. The were just being laughed at and called names - it was almost embarrassing to watch.

A waste of money in my opinion. Police Specials - volunteers - are a much cheaper alternative.
Personally I think PCSO's offer very little. Kids, especially, have little or no respect for them. Just last week I saw two PCSO's chatting to some teens over Monkwick. The were just being laughed at and called names - it was almost embarrassing to watch. A waste of money in my opinion. Police Specials - volunteers - are a much cheaper alternative. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 4

6:32pm Sat 19 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Always have been a waste of money, no powers so what's the point?
Always have been a waste of money, no powers so what's the point? totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

10:51pm Sun 20 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

local politicians regard the pcso as the eyes and ears of the main police force.
some full blown police officers on retirement down grade to pcso status to provide extra income for themselves, this can be a good thing in a number of ways.
due to costs and funding there is no alternative and it is a productive way forward.
it is a saving on salaries and the job has some importance for police and the community.
i am not comfortable with the idea of it being a back door entry into the police, for those with such aspirations that do not have the correct acumen or qualifications.
on the whole it is a good idea born out of new labour. there is no use in complaining now it is too well established.
local politicians regard the pcso as the eyes and ears of the main police force. some full blown police officers on retirement down grade to pcso status to provide extra income for themselves, this can be a good thing in a number of ways. due to costs and funding there is no alternative and it is a productive way forward. it is a saving on salaries and the job has some importance for police and the community. i am not comfortable with the idea of it being a back door entry into the police, for those with such aspirations that do not have the correct acumen or qualifications. on the whole it is a good idea born out of new labour. there is no use in complaining now it is too well established. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 1

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