PCC joins Street Pastors on patrol

PCC joins Street Pastors on patrol

PCC joins Street Pastors on patrol

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A TOP crime-fighter was out on the streets of Salisbury last week, backing up the city’s street pastors.

Angus Macpherson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, joined the pastors last Thursday. In July the street pastors received a £10,000 grant from the commissioner’s Innovation Fund to pay for uniforms and training so they can conduct extra patrols on the first Thursday of each month from 10pm until 4am.

The money will also help set up a new scheme in Amesbury, in response to local demand.

The pastors offer help and advice to those requesting it and a friendly ear to those with troubles. They also defuse arguments and assist people with mental health problems. Mr Macpherson said: “I was pleased to join the volunteer street pastors last week. Notwithstanding the pouring rain and cold, they did find people the worse for wear.”

Salisbury Street Pastor coordinator Brian Percey said the street pastors were grateful for the financial support. He added: “Although Angus probably chose the wettest patrol of the year to join us, we still dealt with a couple of incidents that eased the burden on our local police.”

Salisbury Street Pastors began operation in September 2009. There are more than 50 volunteers who are on patrol on most Friday and Saturday nights.

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7:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

10 jobs now?
10 jobs now? karlmarx
  • Score: 6

11:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

FreeBornJohn says...

A friend of mine is a street pastor, they were surprised nine jobs turned up. They didn't realise who he was, he ate half the biscuits and spent 20 minutes with them.

He spent no time at all with the Police.

That's leadership
A friend of mine is a street pastor, they were surprised nine jobs turned up. They didn't realise who he was, he ate half the biscuits and spent 20 minutes with them. He spent no time at all with the Police. That's leadership FreeBornJohn
  • Score: 3

4:25am Fri 14 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

FreeBornJohn wrote:
A friend of mine is a street pastor, they were surprised nine jobs turned up. They didn't realise who he was, he ate half the biscuits and spent 20 minutes with them.

He spent no time at all with the Police.

That's leadership
Can he claim the biscuits on expenses?
[quote][p][bold]FreeBornJohn[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine is a street pastor, they were surprised nine jobs turned up. They didn't realise who he was, he ate half the biscuits and spent 20 minutes with them. He spent no time at all with the Police. That's leadership[/p][/quote]Can he claim the biscuits on expenses? karlmarx
  • Score: 2

1:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

jayrose says...

The Street Pastors do a wonderful job and we should be applauding the fact that they received a grant of £10,000 to help them in their work.
The Street Pastors do a wonderful job and we should be applauding the fact that they received a grant of £10,000 to help them in their work. jayrose
  • Score: 5

1:36pm Fri 14 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

jayrose wrote:
The Street Pastors do a wonderful job and we should be applauding the fact that they received a grant of £10,000 to help them in their work.
Having read the comments I can't see anyone disagreeing that they do a wonderful job.

As for the £10,000 grant I would personally like to thank the Home Secretary Theresa May for her very generous contribution...

"The Home Secretary, Theresa May, wrote to Commissioners last November to let them know she was launching an Innovation Fund totalling £50m per year from 2014/15. To set the ball rolling, a fund of £20m was made available in the current year."

I didn't realise Home Secretary's were paid that much, a very noble contribution from her indeed.
[quote][p][bold]jayrose[/bold] wrote: The Street Pastors do a wonderful job and we should be applauding the fact that they received a grant of £10,000 to help them in their work.[/p][/quote]Having read the comments I can't see anyone disagreeing that they do a wonderful job. As for the £10,000 grant I would personally like to thank the Home Secretary Theresa May for her very generous contribution... "The Home Secretary, Theresa May, wrote to Commissioners last November to let them know she was launching an Innovation Fund totalling £50m per year from 2014/15. To set the ball rolling, a fund of £20m was made available in the current year." I didn't realise Home Secretary's were paid that much, a very noble contribution from her indeed. karlmarx
  • Score: -3

3:15pm Sat 15 Feb 14

vcg507 says...

How can the Journal describe the PCC as a"Top Crime Fighter"? That's an insult to all serving Police Officers & Staff. Under his leadership he is closing Salisbury Police Station. The Wiltshire Police Federation themselves have commented that this will lead to less arrests as Officers won't want a four hour round trip to Melksham. Less arrests will lead to an increase in crime. Perhaps the Journal could amend this article to reflect his real value to the community?
How can the Journal describe the PCC as a"Top Crime Fighter"? That's an insult to all serving Police Officers & Staff. Under his leadership he is closing Salisbury Police Station. The Wiltshire Police Federation themselves have commented that this will lead to less arrests as Officers won't want a four hour round trip to Melksham. Less arrests will lead to an increase in crime. Perhaps the Journal could amend this article to reflect his real value to the community? vcg507
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Sat 15 Feb 14

FreeBornJohn says...

Chippenham Police station closed
Salisbury Police station closed
200 Police jobs to go
300 Police staff to be transferred to Swindon Council
Casualty Bureau volunteers decimated
No Custody in the South of the county
Specials leaving in droves

That's not a crime fighter, that a man out of his depth. Bust with his nine other jobs
Chippenham Police station closed Salisbury Police station closed 200 Police jobs to go 300 Police staff to be transferred to Swindon Council Casualty Bureau volunteers decimated No Custody in the South of the county Specials leaving in droves That's not a crime fighter, that a man out of his depth. Bust with his nine other jobs FreeBornJohn
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

gingin says...

FreeBornJohn wrote:
A friend of mine is a street pastor, they were surprised nine jobs turned up. They didn't realise who he was, he ate half the biscuits and spent 20 minutes with them.

He spent no time at all with the Police.

That's leadership
What was the point of his visit then > apart from eating the biscuits?
[quote][p][bold]FreeBornJohn[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine is a street pastor, they were surprised nine jobs turned up. They didn't realise who he was, he ate half the biscuits and spent 20 minutes with them. He spent no time at all with the Police. That's leadership[/p][/quote]What was the point of his visit then > apart from eating the biscuits? gingin
  • Score: -3

6:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

amandanewbery says...

I am wondering if this constant sniping might actually lessen the credibility of any real complaints you may have? The PCC was seen out before the late night venues opened and then again after midnight. I'm sure he spends hours with the police but this was his time observing Salisbury at night, which he did by walking round with our valuable Street Pastors and talking to door staff and managers. Not a biscuit in sight!
I am wondering if this constant sniping might actually lessen the credibility of any real complaints you may have? The PCC was seen out before the late night venues opened and then again after midnight. I'm sure he spends hours with the police but this was his time observing Salisbury at night, which he did by walking round with our valuable Street Pastors and talking to door staff and managers. Not a biscuit in sight! amandanewbery
  • Score: 7

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