Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Blunkett's Bobbies 'solve less than one crime every four years'

I must admit that I laughed out loud when I read this.

Police Community Support Officers solve less than one crime every four years, according to official figures.

A poll of police forces also showed that PCSOs handed out just one fine every eight months.

Dubbed 'Hobby Bobbies' or 'Blunkett's Bobbies' after the Home Secretary who introduced them, PCSOs were intended to be a reassuring presence on the streets, and are able to issue fixed penalty notices for low-level crimes including public disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Several of the forces who provided figures to a Freedom of Information request - in Gwent, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire - admitted that their PCSOs failed to detect a single crime in the year.

I have been saying since they were introduced thatt hese plastic coppers would not be a patch on the real cops patrolling our streets. Despite Zanu Labour's best intentions they just haven't succeeded. But will we see the end of them??

* To everyone who has been in touch about forign drivers escaping punishment for not paying speeding fines etc. Fair play I say. I recommend that everyone registers their vehicle in France - it's not beyond the realms of possibility. And, believe me (!!), it's a lot easier to do than you think.
So I'm pleased to hear that a fair proportion of those ducking speed fines aren't actually 'foreigners'. But they are in fact fed-up, decent people playing the game to evade losing their livelihoods or face paying what is an extra unfair tax for Wee Gordon.
This is what 11 years of Zanu Labour rule has led to. Be honest, how many are considering this or would do it if it was very easy? Before this bunch of clowns came in no-one would have considered breaking or dodging any laws. But then again we had respect for the police and judges back then too.

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