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This brand new publication provides the first guide to the role and functions of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
PCSO's support regular police officers and work within a targeted patrol area to provide a visible and accessible uniformed presence. They work with partners and community organisations to address anti-social behaviour, the fear of crime, environmental issues and other factors which affect the quality of people's lives. They have limited powers and common tasks they perform are reporting vandalism or damaged street furniture, reporting suspicious activity, providing crime prevention advice, deterring juvenile nuisance and visiting victims of crime.
The role of the PCSO has been subject to a great deal of change in recent years. Blackstone's PCSO Handbook consolidates all the relevant information and clearly explains the operational role of the PCSO and details the powers and procedures. Topics such as human rights, diversity, health and safety, evidence & procedure and general duties are all covered. PCSOs can use the book as a reference to find information on tasks such as crime scene management, cautions, evidence gathering, attending court and pocket notebook protocol. Throughout the book, case scenarios, flow charts, checklists and good practice sections are used to illustrate and clarify the information.
The key National Occupational Standards relevant to PCSOs are discussed and explained and so PCSOs can ensure that they achieve these targets effectively. The book also looks at the historical background of PCSOs and how the PCSO role fits with the rapidly changing face of policing.
This is a highly practical, portable and weatherproof handbook, ideal for PCSOs to carry on the beat and for PCSO trainers and other police officers.