PCSOs given new powers
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.”