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Home Sec: ‘No New Powers For PCSOs’

Home Affairs Select Committee is told that community support officers will not be given new responsibilities by government

The government has no plans to give further powers to PCSOs, the Home Secretary has told a committee of MPs.

Theresa May said it was not her intention to increase the variety of powers available to chief constables for delegation to community support officers.

The announcement came as South Yorkshire Police implemented a review of its policing resources – replacing the majority of officers on the beat with PCSOs.

This, the force claims, will allow officers to remain involved in neighbourhood policing but will open opportunities for them attend to more important matters as part of tasking teams.

Mrs May also told the Home Affairs Select Committee meeting in Westminster that the funding of future PCSOs would rest with Police and Crime Commissioners, who would have a greater say in their numbers.

The committee heard there had been widespread confusion following the South Yorkshire Police story in the media, amid suggestions that PCSOs in the region were to receive further powers.

But these reports related to the power to detain – which is already available to chief constables for delegation.

Mrs May said: “It is not our intention to change. As you will be aware there are a variety of powers available for chief constables to select for their PCSOs.

“These vary from force to force.”

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