PCSO’s earn just under £20,000, Sussex has approximately 390 PCSO’s and their basic salary is within SPA 7 grade (£18,093 to £19,770). They do not have the power of arrest; PCSO’s are not replacements for Full Constables but are the eyes and ears for the Full Constables and do prevent crime. I believe that PCSO’s have an important role and the role gives a career path to becoming Full Constables. I also believe that they should be allowed to work after midnight, and it’s ridiculous that they are prevented from doing so.
If I was elected as PCC I would insist on this change. It would be very useful operationally for them to be available on Friday & Saturday nights to allow them to police the Night Time Economy and work up to 0300hrs, but why have any restrictions at all? If you remember back to the riots in August 2011, manpower was stretched to the limit, so I would support lifting all restrictions on PCSO working.
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