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Community Support Officers

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what competencies are required of police community support officers. (163834)

The Police Could You website ( contains information and guidelines for potential PCSO applicants, as well as a guide to becoming a police community support officer. This guide lists effective communication, community and customer focus, respect for race and diversity, team working and personal responsibility as key qualities needed to become a PCSO.

As set out in section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002, it is for the chief officer of each force to determine whether a person is suitable for and capable of the role to which he/she is to be deployed. Each chief officer must also ensure that the PCSO is adequately trained to use the powers he/she has been designated.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detained by a police community support officer in each of the last four years; and in how many cases a police officer took charge of the detainee within half an hour of detention. (165650)