When is a bobby not a bobby

PUBLISHED: 13:34 09 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:34 28 May 2010

IN last week s Cambs Times you report that villagers are being invited to meet their local bobby, in surgeries run by a PCSO. At the risk of seeming picky, I hope that the PCSO will be bringing a police officer to the meetings, because a PCSO is not a bo

IN last week's Cambs Times you report that villagers are being invited to meet their local bobby, in surgeries run by a PCSO.

At the risk of seeming picky, I hope that the PCSO will be bringing a police officer to the meetings, because a PCSO is not a "bobby". That nickname was derived from Sir Robert Peel, who started London's Metropolitan Police in 1829, and historically should refer only to a police officer.

Regrettably, I feel there is growing confusion in the minds of many members of the public as to who is, and who is not, a police officer, and if terms like "bobby" are used indiscriminately, then such confusion will increase.

ROGER NEWARK

Doddington

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