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PCSOs handed fresh powers to crack down on antisocial behaviour

PUBLISHED: 13:12 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:12 06 October 2017

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Officers will follow a training plan over the coming weeks and months

Fresh powers have been handed to Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) across Kent in a bid to crack down on antisocial behaviour.

In addition to their current powers, officers will now be able to close licensed premises which consistently sell alcohol to children.

Additionally, they require a name and address of people who are selling or obtaining alcohol for someone who is drunk, selling to children or sending a child to purchase alcohol.

They are also now able to take truant or excluded pupils to the school from which they are absent or another elected location and move people under dispersal orders and confiscate any items that could be used to commit antisocial behaviour, crime or disorder.

As with all new powers, officers will follow a training plan to ensure they understand their new role and to prepare them for their duties, Kent Police says.

Chief constable Alan Pughsley said: “PCSOs are highly regarded by Kent for their important role in delivering neighbourhood policing.

“They help to reduce crime and provide a high profile and visible uniformed presence.

“I am delighted to be able to grant these powers to the hard working PCSOs who are an invaluable resource in providing real benefits to the communities they serve.”

Kent’s police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott said: “When I was elected Kent’s PCC I said I would ask the chief constable to review the powers his PCSOs have.

“I’m pleased to see new powers granted, particularly to deal with issues such as truancy and anti-social behaviour.

“PCSOs perform a vitally-important public service across Kent, particularly as part of visible neighbourhood policing.

“They are an essential element of preventing crime, anti-social behaviour, and in providing a local reassuring presence within the communities they serve.

“These additional delegated powers, on top of the already existing extra powers previously provided to PCSOs in Kent, will further bolster the value PCSOs provide to our communities.”

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