This article was published in 2010, in Newsletter 88.
Chris Wiseman and Gary Kendall, PSCOs based at Sawston police station, explain what they do.
We would like to introduce ourselves. We are Chris Wiseman and Gary Kendall, your local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). If you are registered on e-cops or visit our regular surgeries you will know us. If not come and introduce yourself if you see us walking round the streets. Our powers allow us to deal with low-level crime and antisocial behaviour. We are also very aware of the dangers faced by cyclists, especially at this time of year. We give talks in schools on cycle safety and often give advice to people we see cycling, for instance, without lights or wearing inadequate ‘hi-vis’ clothing.
Of course, your biggest problem is inconsiderate motorists and drivers of large vehicles who cannot always see you (right). We often receive reports of this kind of thing. Obviously we cannot always follow them up, especially if we do not have enough information. However if you do feel intimidated and there is a certain area where this is most likely to happen, it is worth telling us and we will monitor the situation for you.
If you would like more information about e-cops please email the address below.
Chris and Gary