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Community Support Officers

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation he has commissioned into the use of community support officers. [109523]

As a condition of their funding each of the 27 forces who currently have community support officers (CSOs) are required to provide an annual evaluation of their effectiveness to the Home Office.In addition the six forces who are piloting the use of detention powers by CSOs are subject to a separate evaluation by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.