PCSOs out shopping

#1
I do not know if its me, but as I walk the streets of London, every PCSO I see is carrying a carrier bag containing shopping. Sometimes it looks as if its his/her lunch, but I have seen one choice specimin carrying what looked like his full weeks shopping in two bags. I was wondering if they are issued carrier bags as a personal issue when the graduate out of Hendon ?. Is this a London thing, or is this trend prevelant in other parts of the UK
 
#2
It's their pay, in cash.

Fearing a run on their banks, PCSO's have taken to withdrawing their monthly salary in cash on payday. And at £26,000 pa in MPS, it's certainly worth it.

26k, I was told today and nearly fell off my chair.



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#4
overpromoted said:
26k? But what do they do?
Oh they form 'vital links' between the Polce Service and the community....in other words sweet FA but pounce about in a uniform :x
 

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#5
Fcuk all.

Makes me livid. They begrudge us 'front line' Civil Servants every penny, yet many of us (skivving, complaint - ready 'special cases' excuded of course) are worked like dogs. Wish we got paid their wages for standing around chatting to their biffo's doled up in arctic gear, whilst cleverly ignoring hateful glances of the public at large, and failing to detect, solve, prevent or 'help' with crime in any way.
 
#6
Is this really the state of British Policing? I have nothing against PCSOs and i don't know any, either. Shopping in uniform and earning £26k if this thread is to be believed ?

I have nothing against the Police, either. What does worry me is my experience of modern Police in recent years, newspaper reports of ACPO activities, and also how motorists have been hammered.

They may have lowered the bar in recent times, and it shows.
 
#7
OldStripey said:
Is this really the state of British Policing? I have nothing against PCSOs and i don't know any, either. Shopping in uniform and earning £26k if this thread is to be believed ?
According to the advert starting pay is "just over £16,000 (although those working in London will receive more), and rising steadily as you gain experience"
So I suspect that £26k someone who's been in since they started, is in London and/or includes overtime/shift pay
 
#8
PRC-349 said:
overpromoted said:
26k? But what do they do?
Oh they form 'vital links' between the Polce Service and the community....in other words sweet FA but pounce about in a uniform :x
And there was me wanting to be a PCSO when I get out of the Army just so I could slap parking tickets on pissy old people's cars and tell drunken squaddies in Richmond to politely "go away please sir, else I shall call the proper bizzies, and then you are in a lot of trouble" or words to that effect.

So I'd get a massive wodge as well as my pension? Jobs a good'un!!!

Edit: I get to go shopping in work time as well? Who needs bonuses!!!!
 
#9
The_Snail said:
PRC-349 said:
overpromoted said:
26k? But what do they do?
Oh they form 'vital links' between the Polce Service and the community....in other words sweet FA but pounce about in a uniform :x
And there was me wanting to be a PCSO when I get out of the Army just so I could slap parking tickets on pissy old people's cars and tell drunken squaddies in Richmond to politely "go away please sir, else I shall call the proper bizzies, and then you are in a lot of trouble" or words to that effect.

So I'd get a massive wodge as well as my pension? Jobs a good'un!!!

Edit: I get to go shopping in work time as well? Who needs bonuses!!!!
god girl, get a good job which is respectable......parking wardens make a fair bit i hear :p

and id giveyou something along those lines :wink:
 
#10
PRC-349 said:
The_Snail said:
PRC-349 said:
overpromoted said:
26k? But what do they do?
Oh they form 'vital links' between the Polce Service and the community....in other words sweet FA but pounce about in a uniform :x
And there was me wanting to be a PCSO when I get out of the Army just so I could slap parking tickets on pissy old people's cars and tell drunken squaddies in Richmond to politely "go away please sir, else I shall call the proper bizzies, and then you are in a lot of trouble" or words to that effect.

So I'd get a massive wodge as well as my pension? Jobs a good'un!!!

Edit: I get to go shopping in work time as well? Who needs bonuses!!!!
god girl, get a good job which is respectable......parking wardens make a fair bit i hear :p

and id giveyou something along those lines :wink:
Thicky, they don't have traffic wardens anymore, the PCSOs do it now. PRC, you'd have to learn to spell and use apostrophes before I'd go anywhere near your wodge.

Speaking of which, wodge, where did you leave my key?
 
#11
The_Snail said:
PRC-349 said:
The_Snail said:
PRC-349 said:
overpromoted said:
26k? But what do they do?
Oh they form 'vital links' between the Polce Service and the community....in other words sweet FA but pounce about in a uniform :x
And there was me wanting to be a PCSO when I get out of the Army just so I could slap parking tickets on pissy old people's cars and tell drunken squaddies in Richmond to politely "go away please sir, else I shall call the proper bizzies, and then you are in a lot of trouble" or words to that effect.

So I'd get a massive wodge as well as my pension? Jobs a good'un!!!

Edit: I get to go shopping in work time as well? Who needs bonuses!!!!
god girl, get a good job which is respectable......parking wardens make a fair bit i hear :p

and id giveyou something along those lines :wink:
Thicky, they don't have traffic wardens anymore, the PCSOs do it now. PRC, you'd have to learn to spell and use apostrophes before I'd go anywhere near your wodge.

Speaking of which, wodge, where did you leave my key?
I shall go into town in the morning and tell those wonderful 'civil enforcement officers' plopping about that they are now obsolete then.

You missed out adding spaces between words.
 
#12
Sadly this is very true. I joined the Met in 1975, and I believe that today the MPS is a mere shadow of its former self. Talking to old mates still in the job, they tell me that the PC brigade is to the fore, people are frightened to say anything,scared to be denounced, its like Stalin's Russia
 
#13
ExMetPlod said:
Sadly this is very true. I joined the Met in 1975, and I believe that today the MPS is a mere shadow of its former self. Talking to old mates still in the job, they tell me that the PC brigade is to the fore, people are frightened to say anything,scared to be denounced, its like Stalin's Russia
OK Comrade you're off to the Lancashire Gulags for that!
 
#14
I have always believed that any job title that contains the word 'community' is a waste of tax-payers' money.
 
#15
ExMetPlod said:
I do not know if its me, but as I walk the streets of London, every PCSO I see is carrying a carrier bag containing shopping. Sometimes it looks as if its his/her lunch, but I have seen one choice specimin carrying what looked like his full weeks shopping in two bags. I was wondering if they are issued carrier bags as a personal issue when the graduate out of Hendon ?. Is this a London thing, or is this trend prevelant in other parts of the UK
As if they arent bad enough, you go giving them additional credence.

They dont graduate, they fall out the back gate with the kitchen slop wagon.
 
#16
On the subject of CHIMPS (completely hopeless in most police situations) I think the government and ACPO, by relying on them so much, have created a massive problem for the future.

The more they recruit, rely on, and increase the powers of this unionised branch of the OB the more it's likely for it to bite them on the ARRSE if they ever decide to go on strike which they're able to do, as opposed to a sworn officer who can't.

It's not as if they're that cheap an option with PCSOs in my force earning roughly equivalent to a 3 year constable. One even says he wouldn't join the job as he'd have to take a pay cut. Where they are cheaper, however, is in the pension. Though the pension for police officers (recruited in the last 3 years or so) has been drasticaly changed in order to save money.
 
#17
I cant stand em, i'm stuck on an SCT, Safer Communities Team for 12 months, not by choice but for the PDR and I havent a snowballs chance in hell of getting a sniff at a board unless i do. They're useless, whinging, oxygen theiving wasters and I detest having to aknowledge, let alone supervise them. Its policing on the cheap, but scarily taking on more tasks as my force tightens its belt and reduces numbers. But god forbid any sod who upsets one and tries to get them to complete a task that actually requires a level of intelligence and degree of enthusiasm, because you sir will soon face the wrath of UNICAS as the little pampered darlings go running off collectively under the banner of bullying.

We're no longer a force of PC's, but a collective of officers too worried about the effects of the PC brigade.

Sorry, I'll step down from my soap box now and take myself off.
 
#18
The PCSO in my local town is a good guy.He seems to have made a difference to crime levels (according to the local paper) and the yoofs listen to him.Never seen him shopping whilst on duty.He can't be the only good one in the entire country,can he?
 
#19
PCSO's near me seem to be very pro-active with youngsters & dealing with anti-social behaviour.
But have never seen one walking past my house.

The seem to carry a lot of kit for someone without the power of arrest.
And all seem to wear the general body armour/stab proof vests.
 
#20
The ones in my village are all good as well. I suppose they make grannies feel a bit more secure because they see the uniform and think they are seeing bobbies on the beat.
They do seem to have a good rapport with the local yoof and everyone else in the village so they must be doing some good I suppose.
 

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