Dear College of Policing Limited,
I understand from research that a PCSO, may, with permission from their respective force CO, be allowed to carry and use Handcuffs and leg restraints governed by the Criminal Law Act 1967 or Common Law.
Can you please confirm is this is in fact true, disclose any training materials that would explain the use cases for such force or describe the type of situations that a PCSO would legally be allowed under the CLA 1967 and Common Law, to restrain a person using restraints.
I also believe that a PCSO may, again with the permission from their respective force CO, be allowed to carry incapacitate spray and batons (Asps). Can you disclose if any forces PCSO's currently carry these, what training a PCSO takes on the use of such items and if not, why there is no forces currently allowing their PCSO to carry such items.
Thank you for your email. Just to clarify, the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is to allow members of the public to inquire as to whether certain information is held by a public body. The Act does not require a public body to answer general questions.
Your email below contains a mix of valid requests and general questions, which the College would not be able to process under the Freedom of Information Act. Consequently, I have picked out two bullet points from your email which would qualify as valid requests under the Act. Can you view the two below points and let me know if you are happy to proceed with your Freedom of Information request on these grounds:
- Training materials held by the College on Police Community Support Officers carrying and using handcuffs and leg restraints
- Training materials held by the College on Police Community Support Officers carrying and using incapacitate spray and batons.
The College will not be able to answer your other questions or advise you on what individual forces permit in regards to these matters. We would recommend you contact forces directly to find out what Police Community Support Officers are able to carry on duty.
Please confirm you are happy with the above two points and I will process your request asap.
Dear College FOI,
Thank you for your reply,
I will your response and will accept the amendment made.
Thank you for your confirmation email. I can confirm we have received your requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We will aim to respond within 20 working days, but if you have any further questions in the meantime, please feel free to email back in.
Dear Daniel Elliott,
Please see attached for the College of Policing response to your request for information.
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