Monday 3 March 2003 5.15pm
you should remember that it is down to someone else who control where the PCSO's are and at what time. Senior officers are using them in Covent Garden as a physical detterence. (almost like security guards)
The PCSO's just follow a route as ordered.
they perform a real job at prevention and helping the public. They in turn for committing their time and efforts, get labeled negatively by many members of the public. Not something I would want to do, even at a reasonable salary. (nor would I like to be a policeman at 'proper' levels op remuneration)
Respect seems to be another reason for increasing crime-levels. The police are doing a thankless job (albeit badly) and morale must be pretty low.
The PCSO's of Covent Garden deserve respect. They are morally strong individuals who have chosen to help where help is needed. the comitment it requires is immense and welcome.
Most of them would prefer to be doing something more interesting then the task that they have been allocated, but without proper training (and I doubt that sometimes) they are not qualified to perform such functions.
I applaud anyone who gives his time to do something worthwhile.
I cannot, but have respect and admiration for those that do.
As for the regular police force - "SHAMBLES" - this country is falling apart at the seams. Law and order is one of those very large seams.