And your point is what precisely??
I am sick of having to defend my job to people in the job - there is enough hassle out of it without getting it in the neck from your colleagues. Yes there are time waster PCSOs, but then there are bad apples in every faceat of every job on the planet. Personally, I work very hard to do the best for my community and to support my PC colleagues, sometimes I am frustrated that I cannot do more due to lack of powers but it is what it is and the job is what you make of it - you can do a lot if you want too.
And as for us being policing on the cheap - well I think they get a great deal from employing me and the majority of my colleagues. Plus, if PCSOs go, who really believes that they'll just recruit more PCs?
Sorry Naomi but you are flogging a dead horse I am afraid. Nobody likes having to defend their job especially when they work so hard in it but I gave up trying to defend my job to certain people on here a while ago and you will just wind yourself up trying. I have decided to just let it go and I suggest you do the same. We both know our time is valuable and our input is as valid and purposeful as the next Police employee and that should be enough. I didn't join this job to be praised and thanked and I doubt you did either. Self satisfaction is all that matters and for as long as you have that you will be fine!