PCSOs given new pow­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

A wave of new pow­ers have been given to the county’s Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers (PCSOs) to deal with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, al­co­hol and tru­ancy is­sues.

Of­fi­cers will have to un­dergo train­ing to make sure they un­der­stand their new roles.

PCSOs can now close li­censed premises sell­ing al­co­hol to chil­dren on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, re­quire the name and ad­dress of peo­ple sell­ing or ob­tain­ing al­co­hol for some­one who is drunk, sell­ing to chil­dren or send­ing chil­dren to pur­chase al­co­hol.

They are also now al­lowed to take pupils play­ing tru­ant back to their school as well as move on peo­ple un­der dis­per­sal or­ders and con­fis­cate items which could be used to com­mit anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, crime or dis­or­der.

Chief Con­sta­ble Alan Pugh­s­ley wel­comed the new pow­ers, say­ing: “PCSOs are highly re­garded by Kent for their im­por­tant role in de­liv­er­ing neigh­bour­hood polic­ing. They help to re­duce crime and pro­vide a high pro­file and vis­i­ble uni­formed pres­ence.

“I am de­lighted to be able to grant these pow­ers to the hard-work­ing PCSOs who are an in­valu­able re­source in pro­vid­ing real ben­e­fits to the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.”

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