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#281098 - 7th Jan 2009 2:26am 140 PLASTIC PLODS SOLVE FIVE CRIMES
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A TEAM of 140 Police Community Support Officers have been dubbed the “Keystone Flops” after solving only five crimes in a year.

The officers cost taxpayers up to £3.5million in wages and their detection rate adds up to £700,000 for each offence.

Despite being able to dish out fines for offences such as public disorder and anti-social behaviour, they issued only one between April 2007 and March last year.

The 140-strong PCSO unit in Suffolk is now facing a mass cull. Unimpressed police chiefs reckon that public money would be better spent on full-time officers instead of part-time “Plastic Plods” with limited powers who cannot arrest offenders.

Force bosses are ready to split up the squad unless detection rates improve. An insider said: “They’re all ready for the worst. They know the figures suggest they are ineffective.

“Colleagues have even sneakily dubbed them the Keystone Flops, after the 1920s movie policemen.”

Matt Gould, chairman of Suffolk Police Federation, said that he would prefer to spend their salaries to fund fully-fledged crime fighters.

He said: “The figures are not massively impressive.”

But Gary Kitching, Suffolk’s Assistant Chief Constable, defended the figures, claiming PCSOs were the “backbone” of neighbourhood policing teams and their impact had been “enormous”.

And a Home Office spokesman said: “To judge them on how many penalty notices they issue is not an effective measure of their ability to tackle crime.”

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#281104 - 7th Jan 2009 3:41am Re: 140 PLASTIC PLODS SOLVE FIVE CRIMES [Re: ]
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"police chiefs reckon that public money would be better spent on full-time officers instead of part-time “Plastic Plods”


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#281105 - 7th Jan 2009 3:41am Re: 140 PLASTIC PLODS SOLVE FIVE CRIMES [Re: _Ste_]
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#281106 - 7th Jan 2009 3:44am Re: 140 PLASTIC PLODS SOLVE FIVE CRIMES [Re: _Ste_]
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“Colleagues have even sneakily dubbed them the Keystone Flops, after the 1920s movie policemen.”



Hmmmm think

I`ll try and track that movie down laugh

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Matt Gould, chairman of Suffolk Police Federation, said that he would prefer to spend their salaries to fund fully-fledged crime fighters.

WRONG! He`s in on it! They want all their buddies in the police department! smack
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#281107 - 7th Jan 2009 7:08am Re: 140 PLASTIC PLODS SOLVE FIVE CRIMES [Re: _Ste_]
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They don`t get paid!!!


Are you thinking of specials - they are volunteers, CSOs are paid.

The idea of CSOs is to have a low paid police presence to reduce crime - this is probably exactly what they are doing and possibly very effectively. They are not detectives and would not be expected to "solve" crimes.
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