This special marked car checks a number of pre-determined geographical locations on the ground every tour of duty and undertakes security orientated calls and duties. It has a compulsory crew of two PCs but now some BOCU's are posting a PCSO as the passenger, arguing that PCSOs are empowered under the Police Reform Act with dedicated powers to deal with various Sections of the Terrorism Act. The position is argued that this is why there is a specific role of Security PCSO that operates in 4 MET Boroughs, including Westminster.
All PCSOs receive specific training on dealing with security alerts, packages etc. PCSOs on bomb cars is apparently not new and is carried out in various boroughs across the MPS.
"Deployment Support PCSOs" are also being attached to MET response teams, so this is seen as a good opportunity to free up another police officer for response deployment - PCSOs are also being routinely posted into MET station offices to "free up another police officer for response deployment"
This development goes off at a tangent from the idea that PCSOs are additional eyes and ears, with a brief to observe and report rather than necessarily intervene
just WHERE will this development of PCSO duty go to next?ACPO Guidance on Police Community Support Officers (2002)
3.5. The following key principles underlie PCSO pilot schemes:-
• Additionality of role – PCSOs are not substitutes for police officers, nor do they represent “policing on the cheap”. Although integrated within forces, PCSOs will have a distinct role which avoids high risk activity and places no duty on them to engage in risky situations. They will be additional eyes and ears, with a brief to observe and report rather than necessarily intervene.