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Walton Police

The role of a police community support officer (PCSO) is to reduce crime, fear and antisocial behaviour in the community. PCSO's aim to provide a visible and reassuring presence in the neighbourhood. This means they spend around 80 per cent of their time patrolling their patch on foot or bicycle. Daily tasks vary between police forces. A PCSO's duties might include: Dealing with minor crimes, such as vandalism, graffiti, litter, abandoned vehicles and antisocial behaviour. Intervening at an early stage to try to deter crime. Issuing fixed penalty notices. Providing crime prevention advice, supporting crime victims and reassuring the public. Handling missing persons enquiries. Dealing with nuisance offenders, such as street drinking or begging. Building good relationships with local schools, businesses and community groups. Carrying out house-to-house enquiries. Collecting CCTV evidence. Guarding crime scenes until police officers arrive. Acting as professional witnesses in court when needed. Helping to control crowds at major events, such as football games. Keeping records. PCSO's provide support for the work of police officers. Their own powers are fixed. For instance, they can detain a suspect until a police officer arrives, but they cannot arrest people, interview prisoners or investigate serious crime. However, by being visible and approachable, PCSO's help to prevent trouble, deter crime and make communities safer. For instance, a PCSO might be the first member of the police service that a troublemaker gets to know and talks to personally.

Updated:
15 September 2020
Local Alliances:
Tendring Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

As the front facing community police team , we will strive to have all the team become Dementia Friends and thus have an understanding of Dementia and how best to support those affected.

We will attempt to have a dementia lead in the team and have them nominated as the Dementia Champion, which will enable them to deliver the Dementia Friend sessions to colleagues

We will ensure all the team are aware of THE HERBERT PROTOCOL and work in partnership with other organisations and members of the public promoting THE HERBERT PROTOCOL.

We will have a system in place where we can go to to access information on who and where relevant support is available  and  how to refer

We will support the Dementia Action Alliance to make Tendring a better place for people affected by Dementia

2. Actions

  • Dementia awareness

    We will have a Dementia lead, 

    We will strive to ensure all the PCSO have compleated the Dementia Friend Awareness Sessions by end of 2020

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • HERBERT PROTOCOL

    We will promota the Herbert Protocol with our collegues, partner organisations and the public and encourage its use.

    We will strive to ensure the wider force are aware of the Herbert Protocal

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Knowledge and Information on services

    We will, with the support of the Dementia Action Alliance have a system that we can refer to , of the places, services and people we can refer members of the public to for help and support for example The Alzheimers Society, The ADMIRAL Nurses, Age Concern , Care line etc
    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia Action Alliance

    We will work with the Dementia Action Alliance , the community and partner organisations to make Walton a Dementia Friendly Community and a safer and more inclusive for those living with Demetia to live

    Status:
    Being implemented