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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