The usage of Police Community Support Officers

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Dear Cleveland 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

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Thomas,

Enquiry Ref: 11872/2020

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 10th April 2020 and received by this office on that date.

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

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Dear Mr Thomas,

Enquiry Ref: 11872/2020

I write in connection with your request for information dated 10th April 2020 and received by this office on 14th April 2020. We have made enquiries within the force and below are the questions raised in your request and our response.

1. 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?
a) Please see attached document.

2. 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?
a) PCSOs have a vital role in the delivery of neighbourhood policing as defined in the guidance given by the College of Policing. This guidance includes Engaging communities, Solving Problems and Targeting activity and PCSOs are suited to provide these functions both complimenting and working with their warranted colleagues.
Further details of on the delivery of neighbourhood policing can be found in at the following address: https://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do...
There are parts of this delivery which do not always require a constable with full police powers to perform, so the skills and powers PCSOs possess are sufficient. The PCSOs are well suited to much of the requirements are an important cog in delivering on the force priorities of Our communities, vulnerability and crime & ASB. The PCSOs focus on engagement with communities and often establish links with hard to reach groups and establish relationships that constables may not have the time to develop due to the reactive element of their role.
Of course there are times when police powers are required and that is why having both PCSOs and PCs is important for Cleveland Police.

3. If you do not have Police Community Support Officers, what are the reasonings/advantages to this?
a) N/A

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Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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