Friday, 28 September 2007

A police sergeant writes...

For some reason known only to themselves, senior figures in the Metropolitan Police recently decided to create a model of a Community Support Officer (PCSO). This bears some resemblance to the mascots used by football teams, in that it consists of an oversized costume, which can be worn by a real-life police officer (or, more likely, PCSO). The character, known as PCSO Steve, has been toured round primary schools and other public events in London, presumably on the basis that even if the police can't actually keep you safe, they can at least keep five year-old children entertained.

However, PCSO Steve has not proved universally popular. Because, you see, Steve is a white man, with blond hair and blue eyes. In other words, the embodiment of evil. And this has upset certain people, who feel that Steve is insufficiently diverse for London. Indeed, one police sergeant was so angered by the depiction of Steve as a white man, that he wrote to the Met's in-house magazine, The Job, to complain:
An Asian member of our team agreed to fulfil the role of Steve, getting inside the suit. However, he was wearing a short-sleeved shirt and, because the character is a white, blond-haired male - who would not have dark-skinned arms - it became apparent that the officer would not be able to perform the role. Female members of the team also felt isolated, due to the gender issue. I understand the concept of using a mascot. However, why wasn't more thought put into the development of the character?
Possibly because they're creating a mascot to entertain children with, not writing a novel with the aim of winning the Booker Prize.

Now, as far as I'm concerned, there are far better things for police money to be spent on than this costume (although, to be fair, PCSO Steve is probably no more useless than any other PCSO). While I can understand the police wanting to build relations with local communities, including schoolchildren, I think that this would be achieved rather more easily by sending real-life PCSOs (or better yet, real officers) to talk to the children. At least they ought to be able to command the respect of the children, whereas PCSO Steve is merely a figure of fun, who will make the police force as a whole appear (even more) ridiculous.
But isn't this letter just contemptible? "Female members of the team felt isolated", for Heaven's sake! These people are adults, aren't they? Well, maybe not all of them, but most probably are, and I would have thought that adults - particularly those who are employed in some form of law enforcement capacity - would have had sufficient fortitude to be able to cope with a costume which depicted someone of a different race or sex from them.
And, really, if the Asian PCSO wanted to play Steve that badly, then I'm sure it wouldn't have mattered that much if Steve's arms had been a different colour from his face. I hardly think that realism is of the essence of the 'Steve' character, anyway!

What really worries me, however, is that this ridiculous letter was not written by some Guardian-reading academic or social worker, but by a police sergeant. Further evidence, I fear, of quite how far political correctness has infiltrated every corner of the public services. Now, wouldn't it be nice if this sergeant was rather more concerned with, you know, cutting crime, than with whether comical mascots might hurt the feelings of women or non-whites?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry, this is O/T BUT.....................
Broadcast this video where-ever you can.
This is a eureeeeka moment, - everything becomes clear.
Important to view it all!

Anonymous said...

Common purpose
Post it everywhere, pass it to friends.
Submerge the Bastards in publicity!

Anonymous said...

It is mad, PSCO Steve. I will write and complain, because thats not fair on people called Bill,John, Gary, William, etc.

They should have just called it Black bastard because thats all these cunts want, everything seen as black black black fuuckin black. Nigger cunts. Then when it was a Black cunt the could have called it black Muhammad cunt

JuliaM said...

"...to be fair, PCSO Steve is probably no more useless than any other PCSO.."

Probably more chance of it jumping in to a pond to save a drowning child...

Anonymous said...

What, ALL of them...? From the PCSO in John O'Groats, to the PCSO in London, to the foresnsics man in Cardiff..? All 100% of the PCSO...?

Tee Hee!

Yup, your spelling was wrong.
Can't read, can't write.
Janitorial duties again?

Tee Hee!

Fulham Reactionary said...

Anon@8.15am:

Thanks for the video. I'll need to set aside some time to watch it before I can comment on its contents, though.

Anon@2.27pm:

I share your anger over this kind of thing, but I don't think that calling people "nigger cunts" helps. For a start, I think that it was a white liberal who actually kicked up the fuss in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I think Juliam is onto something.
Why don't they just make a mascot for each minority/gender eg PCSO Stef, PCSO Sanjay, etc and then they can be sent out to watch kids drown instead.
Think of the cost savings.

bernard said...

FR:
The 'Common Purpose' video by Brian Gerrish can only be taken on it's face value. It's very long-winded and self-important & takes nearly 2 hours to say what could be said in half an hour.
If this 'conspiracy' is so secret, how come he has so many private letters and in-house documents on it, to hand?
And why the Muslim angle?
I'd need to hear a qualified alternative viewpoint before I change from the far more likely 'Cock-up theory of politics' to his murderous Conspiracy theories that are swamping the internet from the Twin Towers to Diana's death.

Max said...

Philosopher Cioran wrote: "If mankind is to start over again, it will be with the outcasts, with the mongrels from all parts, with the dregs of the continents."