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Police Community Support Officers

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the work of police community support officers on crime levels. (229786)

In January 2006 the Home Office published an evaluation of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) which found that PCSOs were valued by the police, the public and businesses for their visibility and accessibility.

We recognise the need for greater clarity and standardisation around the role—including uniform and powers—therefore a further evaluation and consultation on PCSO powers is under way and will report back in December.