Charity role for town's PCSOs

CHARITY BEAT: PCSOs in Darlington are to spend more time with charities and community groups

CHARITY BEAT: PCSOs in Darlington are to spend more time with charities and community groups

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POLICE in Darlington have launched an initiative aimed at bringing them closer to the communities they serve.

The aim is for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to spend at least one shift a month at one of the borough’s 300 charities, support groups and other community organisations.

Inspector Mick Button launched the initiative on Thursday (February 13), by attending a lunch club at Firthmoor Community Centre.

He said the idea behind the scheme is not that PCSOs will spend the shift ‘working for’ the various organisations, but use the time to engage with sections of the community that regular PACT (police and communities together) meetings may not reach.

Insp Button said: “This is an opportunity to meet with the different, diverse parts of the community.

“It is not that we are giving [the charities] a day’s work out of our PCSOs, it’s about community engagement.

“For example, I was talking to a group of elderly ladies at the lunch club and finding out about issues in their area.

“It is a chance to interact with those groups that we would not normally get a chance to sit with.”

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5:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

stevegg says...

Mick Button you live in idealistic world and probably trying to justify your huge salary. Im sure in these days of big police cuts PCSO's have far more important things to do than speaking with charity groups. I dont pay taxes for them to do this, I want to see them out on the streets deterring crime and catching criminals. Community Engagement?- Maybe its me being naive but I always thought that if people needed the police to help - THEY WOULD CONTACT THE POLICE! If this is such a good idea why dont fireman, paramedics, social workers, teachers, council workers etc do it? Oh thats right, they all have far more imortant things to do in times of austerity!
Mick Button you live in idealistic world and probably trying to justify your huge salary. Im sure in these days of big police cuts PCSO's have far more important things to do than speaking with charity groups. I dont pay taxes for them to do this, I want to see them out on the streets deterring crime and catching criminals. Community Engagement?- Maybe its me being naive but I always thought that if people needed the police to help - THEY WOULD CONTACT THE POLICE! If this is such a good idea why dont fireman, paramedics, social workers, teachers, council workers etc do it? Oh thats right, they all have far more imortant things to do in times of austerity! stevegg
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