Community police scheme expands

The
use of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) is expanding across the
capital in a drive to combat anti-social behaviour.

The
officers, who only have limited police powers, have now been deployed in
15  boroughs after a five-month pilot
scheme in Westminster.

In
total, 200 PCSOs will act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the police in areas
including town centres and local authority housing estates.

Managers
at the Metropolitan Police hope the officers will provide a visible patrolling
presence and help deal with problems such as littering, vandalism and
anti-social behaviour.

By
April it is hoped that 300 further PCSOs will be deployed, brining the total
number to 500.

www.met.police.uk

By Ross Wigham

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