Police force rapped for sending PCSOs to violent incidents

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick (10011735)

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick (10011735)

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

INSPECTORS have criticised a police force for allowing officers to take photographs of crime scenes and victims' injuries on their own mobile phones.

North Yorkshire Police was also rapped for sending police community support officers (PCSOs) to deal with violent incidents.

A report by Her Majesty' Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) concluded that officers' use of mobile devices to access force systems while on patrol was limited.

It added: "HMIC were concerned that officers reported that they are using their own mobile phone devices for photographing exhibits, crime scenes and victim injuries and for satellite navigation.

"This presents risks to the organisation around data integrity and security."

Inspectors found that inappropriate resources were being deployed to some incidents, including PCSOs to violent incidents, road policing units to low-level incidents and multiple resources to the same incident.

The force was also criticised for not consistently identifying vulnerable and repeat victims.

In response, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said many of the improvements recommended by the HMIC were already in motion.

"This includes investment in technology for front-line officers, which I have set aside £10m for, so they can spend more time in the local community.”

North Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick added that the report highlighted some of the extremely positive work done by the force, as well as areas for improvements.

"We recognise this, and the work we have been doing towards the new Operational Policing Model (OPM) has already identified ways in which we can improve on some of the points made in the report, including providing officers with better technology so they can access force systems while out on patrol and how we can distribute our resources more effectively, so officers can spend more time out on the streets, where the public want to see them."

Elsewhere in the region, Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police, along with North Yorkshire, were found by inspectors not to have an overarching crime prevention strategy.

Durham and Cleveland were identified in the HMIC Core Business reports as being two of the few forces that had a policy of requiring officers to attend all crimes and incidents.

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7:52am Fri 5 Sep 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

The focus on North Yorkshire is a ploy to mask systematic failures existing within DURHAM & Cleveland Police failures! ALL 3 Police Forces did NOT have an overarching Crime Prevention Strategy. It is Crime that affects Neighbourhoods and PACT most e.g. Car Crime (Slashing tyres, damaging cars etc etc.,) Although Durham and Cleveland Police Force have an EXISTING POLICY requiring Officers to attend ALL crimes & INCIDENTS . Most homes have a policy of installing Fire Alarms, not all Fire Alarms are checked or working. I can tell you categorically one of the above Police Forces fail miserably to implement their own attendance policy. Nor should a person claim to be a WPC when that person is a PCSO if I called myself Professor somethinginsidesostr
ong I would be hauled before the Media like Paris Brown. In focussing on North Yorkshires failures, was to clear the other 2 of some uncomfortable realities affecting us the local yokels. There could have been a better equitous delivery of this column!
The focus on North Yorkshire is a ploy to mask systematic failures existing within DURHAM & Cleveland Police failures! ALL 3 Police Forces did NOT have an overarching Crime Prevention Strategy. It is Crime that affects Neighbourhoods and PACT most e.g. Car Crime (Slashing tyres, damaging cars etc etc.,) Although Durham and Cleveland Police Force have an EXISTING POLICY requiring Officers to attend ALL crimes & INCIDENTS . Most homes have a policy of installing Fire Alarms, not all Fire Alarms are checked or working. I can tell you categorically one of the above Police Forces fail miserably to implement their own attendance policy. Nor should a person claim to be a WPC when that person is a PCSO if I called myself Professor somethinginsidesostr ong I would be hauled before the Media like Paris Brown. In focussing on North Yorkshires failures, was to clear the other 2 of some uncomfortable realities affecting us the local yokels. There could have been a better equitous delivery of this column! somethinginsidesostrong
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10:21am Fri 5 Sep 14

Spy Boy says...

This should not happen, but the scheming ConDem government has made sure that we have less Police Officers on the beat. Of course they say that they have just cut funding to make the forces more efficient and that local forces are to blame, but this is typical Cameron Bo**ocks and we all know who is to blame. Unfortunately, the Police have to do the best they can in a tough situation.
This should not happen, but the scheming ConDem government has made sure that we have less Police Officers on the beat. Of course they say that they have just cut funding to make the forces more efficient and that local forces are to blame, but this is typical Cameron Bo**ocks and we all know who is to blame. Unfortunately, the Police have to do the best they can in a tough situation. Spy Boy
  • Score: 3
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