Once upon a time ladies and gents a person with some vision about the growing problem on the streets put forward that there should be two tiers of Policing / Police Officers.
Stage one after basic training would be a Police officer who was basically your bobby on the beat. A patrol officer interacting with the public who would do basically what we as PCSO's do but with all the rights and powers of a Police Officer. A patrol specialist.
Then once time, experience and exams were passed the patrol specialist officer could then become more with the next stage. Here he could join CID, dogs, firearms, traffic, drugs, vice etc. etc. etc. plus the ability to gain rank came here as well.
A person could stay at stage one if they wanted to or progress to stage two when they were ready.
BASICALLY UPON GETTING WIND OF THIS THE POLICE FEDERATION PUT A STOP TO IT - or cobweb covered people who didn't want and still don't want the image of the great British bobby tarnished.
Hence a new thinking process had to be thought of and eventually PCSO's were invented, or Blunkets bouncers as various Police mags use to advertise when I was a humble PC in Kent.
The Police federation also tried to stop this, but after some arse licking on both sides they failed to stop this proposal. Then PCSO's were born and other ideas of accreditied or appointed persons to carry out SOME of the role that a PC has to do these days - a good example being traffic departments being civillianised and appointed persons patrolling our motorways.
If you look at the fact that basically PCOS's basically do and have the powers of what the original Bow Street runners use to have, just look where they got today with progress. It will take time & usually something tragic to happen before major changes are under way for us as PCSO's.
The issue of handcuffs, battons, more powers etc. will arrive one day, but its a case of WHEN not IF.
The current rumour within the Met is that due to this new proposal coming out which may change Policing as a whole as we know it ( I've only read a brief amount ). Met PCSO's will have more powers, handcuffs, baton but no C.S and do basically a street duties / foot patrol role. Similar to the grade one proposal earlier but not the full entitlement. That will mean more training, probably some sort of fitness test with exams and a change of attitude needed.
It is is rumour and speculation currently, the arguement of why give us a power to detain but no restraints do show most of our powers as an absolute farce. But as I have said before there is the 'ways & means act' !!! If someone commits an arrestable offence in front of me, I'll nickem have no fear and sod this 30 minute rule. From my understanding, this 30 minutes is generally for the FPN part of our powers anyway. I had an incident with a certain arrogant PCSO who still works on the borough who after I 'detained' someone on suspicion of theft for a dodgy road tax disc, he tried to interject that he would detain the guy for 30 minutes !!!!!! Needless to say after a few quiet words to the fact he'd acted unprofessionally, was wrong and made himself look a dick he's never crossed me again !!!!
To sum up !!! As with most major public orientated services ( Health Service, Armed forces, Fire service etc. ) there are too many people who sit with fat arses on chairs, in air conditioned offices, doing nine to five, who have lost touch with reality & have no idea what goes on out in the real world. All they see & are interested in are figures and flow charts on pieces of papaer. Or too many roosters in the hen house !!!
Just bear in mind, we're a new concept dreamed up but people in offices - I mean, those blue knee length winter jackets. Who else could have. It will come one day !!!
" In the Kingdom of the Blind, the One Eyed man is King "