Back of a PCSO

Policing by numbers

The number of police officers on our streets – so called bobbies on the beat – are frequently covered in the media. But we hear less about how many police staff those officers have working with them.

Police staff vote to accept contract changes, says UNISON

Unions have cut a deal to improve the work-life balance of thousands of police staff as cuts to forces mean smaller workforces, UNISON has announced today (Thursday). As a result, police support staff will be able to exercise greater control over their working lives and improve their well-being at a time of increasing job-related stress, […]

police community support officer speaking into a radio

‘Community policing is worth protecting and worth voting for’

UNISON releases latest survey showing effect of policing cuts on community support officers and neighbourhood policing in England and Wales

Serious crime rises as police numbers fall, warns UNISON

Serious crime is on the rise again after years of steady falls in offending, and UNISON believes government cutbacks in policing are to blame. Keen to encourage people to vote in the police and crime commissioner elections on 5 May, UNISON is launching a campaign to provide the public with the facts about police cuts. […]

Giving police volunteers rights to use weapons is a step too far, says UNISON

Controversial new proposals to arm volunteer police community support officers (PCSOs) with CS gas and PAVA spray – due to be discussed later today (Monday) in Parliament – are a step too far, says UNISON. The Policing and Crime Bill, which has its Second Reading today, proposes arming volunteers with chemical agents. UNISON says this […]

Female police staff more likely to be bullied at work than male colleagues

More than two thirds (67 per cent) of female police staff say bullying is a problem at work, and almost three quarters (72 per cent) are not confident that their force will deal fairly with any complaints of bullying, according to a new UNISON survey released today (Friday). The survey of 1,000 police staff – to be […]

Police staff will be pleased with new powers, less so that volunteer colleagues will get the same

Extra powers for police staff that will help them be more effective in their jobs in the fight against crime are good news for local communities and bad news for criminals, says UNISON today (Wednesday). But while welcoming the Home Office announcement about new powers for police staff, UNISON has voiced concern over government plans […]

UNISON members are working flat out

As wind and rain batters the north of England I want to pay tribute to our members

UNISON reacts to police budgets announcement in today’s spending review

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “It would have been unthinkable to cut police budgets in light of the dreadful events in Paris. “The 25 per cent cuts that have been imposed since 2010 have decimated neighbourhood policing in many parts of the country. One in three Police Community Support Officers have already gone in […]

We’ll support the police staff who keep our homes safe

Experience after experience has shown that privatisation is a false economy

Prentis visits Yorkshire to meets branches

Dave Prentis answered the requests of branches and employers to visit Yorkshire for a series of meetings this week