The first 50 community support officers have started patrolling London as
part of the Home Secretary’s drive to give the police a more visible presence
on the streets. The CSOs are not ‘sworn in’ police officers, but will have the
power to issue penalty tickets for a range of offences such as anti-social
behaviour or graffiti.
The 45 male and five female officers will be based at Charing Cross and
Belgravia police stations, providing support for regular officers.