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Thirteen PCSOs sacked for cheating in exams

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

Cheating: 13 South Wales Police PCSOs have been sacked for cheating in their entrance exams

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SOUTH Wales Police have sacked 13 PCSOs for cheating in their entry exams following an internal investigation.

A fourteenth support officer has quit in connection with the same incident.

The PCSOs were between four and five months into their six-month probationary period, and had yet to be allocated to one of the force’s four divisions.

South Wales Police’s director of human resources, Mark Milton, said the 14 had faced probationary hearings which resulted in 13 of them being dismissed and one resigning.

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He said: “An allegation recently came to our attention that 14 PCSOs may have cheated in their final exam.

“We have investigated these claims and as a result 13 PCSOs faced probationary hearings which have resulted in all 13 being dismissed from the force.

“One other PCSO decided to resign before these hearings took place.

“All 14 PCSOs were four to five months into their six month probation period when these allegations came to light and their probation was extended for our investigations to take place.”

He added: “South Wales Police prides itself on its ethical standards and integrity.”

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  • BobDavies2  |  June 02 2014, 10:00PM

    Gwyddno, the report doesn't say how old the candidates were, maybe its just a case of lacking life experience & a lack of confidence. You've made some fair points.

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  • Gwyddno  |  June 02 2014, 9:43PM

    BobDavies2: ... or maybe the government cannot be trusted as some politicians tend to cheat. An aptitude to pass exams is not a way to determine whether someone has the ability to perform a professional role in society so the PCSO exam questions place candidates in situations that they are likely to encounter whilst on duty. Example: You are on foot patrol and a woman hands you a purse that she says she found in the street. On examining the purse contents you note that there is no money but there are details about the owner's identity. The exam taker is given a number of choices about what to do and has to choose a.) the best and b.) the worst of the group.

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  • BobDavies2  |  June 02 2014, 8:59PM

    its disappointing to hear that 13 new recruits, felt they were only capable of passing the exam by cheating. Anyone wishing for a career as a PCSO, and showing good aptitude could become a Police Officer, a very good standard of GCSEs would be required to even apply for a PCSO position. Maybe the government is correct in looking at whether the standard of these qualifications, is high enough for todays professional careers.

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  • shepherd2011  |  June 02 2014, 8:18PM

    Only 13 ? just a very small minority then..

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  June 02 2014, 5:33PM

    Baltimore PD Entrance Exam 1923: Does your last name begin with O' ?

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  • mdcurran  |  June 02 2014, 4:33PM

    Peer pressure, maybe!

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  • Jiffy  |  June 02 2014, 4:28PM

    Why haven't these cheats been named? Have SWP checked to see if other PCSO's have cheated in the past?

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  June 02 2014, 4:18PM

    Congratulations South Wales Police for taking steps which were bound to be bad publicity. Well done for getting rid of people who could well have caused damage if they show that kind of dishonesty.

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  • odinhouse  |  June 02 2014, 3:06PM

    Well if you can't Trust Police ( PCSO ) Who can you Trust, not many trust them now at the moment. any way where where the Exam officials,,,

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  • thewestisbest  |  June 02 2014, 2:30PM

    "South Wales Police prides itself on it's ethical standards & integrity.'' Dyfed Powys does not & in particular Llanelli Police Officers don't!

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