Sometimes, you have to really take a look at the decisions which are made about Policing, and think: ‘what the actual f__k is going on?’. This is one such decision that seems to defy any notion of logic or common sense.
Durham Constabulary, have decided that they are going to recruit volunteers, with no Police powers, to patrol the streets…
“Positive, public-spirited people” are apparently being sought for the new Police Community Support Volunteers (PCSVs) scheme run by the Durham Constabulary (UK).
The force said the new role will see successful volunteers ‘support’ frontline policing in neighbourhoods across County Durham, where they will be mentored by full time officers.
Well, that’s great, but don’t full time Police Officers have enough to do already, without having to train civilians in the complex fight against crime!?
‘PCSVs’ will take part in foot patrol, help solve basic crime enquiries, assist in local incidents and get to the heart of neighbourhood issues.
Inspector Kevin Tuck, from Durham Constabulary, said they will also support police during planned operations, local events and other initiatives, and will work with victims and witnesses where appropriate.
He continues: “This is a brand new volunteering role which will give ordinary people the chance to do something extraordinary in their communities,” he said. “We’re looking for positive, public-spirited people to volunteer in the heart of their local communities and build relationships with those who live and work there.
“This non-confrontational role is a great opportunity for people to give something back to their community, while making friends and developing life skills.”
Since when has putting yourself in the way of criminals & suspects EVER been “non-confrontational?”
I can see see the look on the faces of my former Police Officer colleagues, as they turn up to critical incidents, only to be joined by ‘Johnny-be-good’ in between his playing of Call of Duty at home on his computer.
Instead of asking people, with NO ADDITIONAL POWERS (other than those which can be found in common law) to put themselves on offer and to fill the gaps on the #ThinBlueLine, just actually spend money on Policing ? Or Maybe just recruit more Officers into the Special Constabulary!?
Written by Cop(ex). A former Metropolitan Police Officer of tens years’ service, who is also a regular contributor to our emergency services related satirical fortnightly digital magazine, S__ts & Giggles.
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Stupid idea, quite possibly, and as a former wearer of the green/white checker I’d say someone needs a good kicking for that alone!