May 30th, 2008

New Blues

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Monday sees a new TV series on Police Community Support Officers. "New Blues" is a three-part documentary following the training of PCSOs in West Yorkshire.

It airs Monday 2nd June at 7.30pm and continues Wednesday & Friday. Given the sheer amount of controversy concerning the adoption of PCSO & their effectiveness, it may be surprising that it’s taken so long for something like this to appear. The series follows former personal assistant, Nat, electrician ,Mark &  repossession agent, Gary as they undertake their seven-week training course & venture out onto the streets of West Yorkshire.

I’ll be watching with interest. I have no idea what the take of the producers will be but I have a feeling that whether you are pro or anti the implementation of the scheme, the programme will provide ‘evidence’ to support your views. i.e. it won;t actually answer anybody’s concerns. We shall see.

In the meantime, here’s another police-dashboard-camera video on what can happen during a routine traffic stop, this one is from the States & involves deadly force.

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7 comments

  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    PCSO`s are here now so any criticism sounds like sour grapes and is deemed to be ‘un-supportive’. But the claim that they are a visible deterrent and ‘better than nothing’ doesn`t justify the wrecking of the police service that generated the ‘need’ for PCSO`s in the first place.

    The fact that the government won`t behave with integrity over the independently agreed pay rise but gladly employed hundreds of PCSO`s – and now suggests they are trained to a higher standard and given extra powers having withdrawn much of the funding for them – is indicative of its incompetence and underhand approach.

    Other recent corkers have included proposals for new powers for the government to hire and fire Chief Constables. We are supposed to believe this is because the government is ‘tough on crime’ and will be getting the best people for the job on our behalf so we can sleep soundly in our beds. I don`t believe that.

    So, we get the extra police on the streets that we want, sort of, but they`re half the cost and half as well trained as they ought to be. And all without any of that unseemly wrangling with the federation.

    The new Civitas report by Harriet Sergeant simply restates the the agonised cries of the police service that have been ringing out for the last few years. This government doesn`t listed to anyone. It is unable to act promptly, refuses to face reality and can`t plan its way out of a cardboard box.

    Full prisons. Deadly hospitals. P*ssed-off police wanting the right to strike. Open borders (open to good and bad including people whose publicly stated aim is to re-arrange our nation with WMD`s). A ‘welfare’ system that will pay for those people to live in our country while they build their WMD`s. A legal system that will fight for their right to stay in this country on human rights grounds once they`ve been caught setting off those WMD`s.

    I`m ranting now aren`t I?…. I`ll stop while I`m ahead.

    May 30th, 2008 at 21:25

  2. Si says:

    Massive restraint from the officer on the drivers side who didnt shoot. Driver was very lucky.

    May 30th, 2008 at 23:45

  3. some bloke says:

    Would ““New Blues” be the documentary previously reported as being ” sponsored ” by The Home Office ?

    May 31st, 2008 at 03:23

  4. Craig says:

    Maybe it’s my eyes but, to me, it appears that the officer on the left holds his firearm in a somewhat slanted, ‘gangster’ manner.

    Maybe that’s how they are trained…

    May 31st, 2008 at 03:37

  5. 19 says:

    Anyone else think the officer on the drivers side could have re worded his command to his partner ‘ reach in there and get it ‘ so as not to confuse the passenger? The first time I watched the clip I thought he was talking to the passenger, I imagine a decent brief could have made an issue of it

    May 31st, 2008 at 23:05

  6. Dangerous says:

    I’ve just watched the New Blues programme, and my big impression was one of the huge difference between the attitudes in Yorkshire and my own constabulary.
    The PCSO’s in the show appear to better dressed, and better trained than here where I work. Our uinform looks unprofessional, and at least when I trained, the training was very poor with no real preparation for the aggression which can be faced on the streets.
    Good luck to them.

    June 2nd, 2008 at 20:16

  7. Marc says:

    Anyone else think the officer on the drivers side could have re worded his command to his partner ‘ reach in there and get it ‘ so as not to confuse the passenger? The first time I watched the clip I thought he was talking to the passenger, I imagine a decent brief could have made an issue of it

    Yes unless you are a total plank.

    Well done that officer. Removed another bit of plankton from the gene pool

    June 3rd, 2008 at 00:19

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