The usage of Police Community Support Officers

Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan Sussex Police o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear Sussex Police,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

Please may you provide me with an up to date list that details which discretionary powers are designated for Police Community Support Officers in your force if they are used within your force?

If you do utilise Police Community Support Officers, what are the advantages of having both Police Community Support Officers as well as regular Police Constables?

If you do not have Police Community Support Officers, what are the reasonings/advantages to this?

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.

Yours faithfully,

James Thomas

Sussex Police

Date: 17/04/2020

Your Ref: Freedom of Information request - The usage of Police Community Support Officers

Our Ref: FOI 1243/357/20

Contact Name: Roger Brace FOI Officer
Email : [email address]

Contact number: 101 ext 545251

Dear James,

Thank you for your request which was received by Sussex Police.

This request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, from the date of receipt. In some circumstances Sussex Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Please Note:
Sussex Police are currently receiving a high volume of FOI requests at a time of reduced staffing levels to process them. Every effort is being made to comply with the statutory 20 working day response deadline but on occasions this may not be possible – we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Yours sincerely


Sussex Police HQ

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Sussex Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Sussex Police's handling of my FOI request 'The usage of Police Community Support Officers'.

I am aware that the current pandemic is causing delays, however, this request was submitted in April. I have had not had a response since this time. If you could look into this, I would greatly appreciate it.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

James Thomas