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Community Support Officers

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of police community support officers in assisting regular police officers; and if he will make a statement. (86311)

The effectiveness of police community support officers (PCSOs) is evaluated in “An Evaluation of the Impact of the National Reassurance Policing Programme” and “A National Evaluation of Community Support Officers” which were published on 26 January 2006. Copies are available in the Library of the House.

PCSOs are deployed with police officers in a team-based approach to deliver neighbourhood policing. They assist police officers and exercise their own role through regular patrolling, community engagement and tackling low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB). This allows police officers to tackle more serious criminal behaviour. The evaluation shows that PCSOs have been well received by the public.