Posted: Tuesday 2nd April 2013
There has been a lot of discussion about PCSO powersrecently following on from my last Police and Crime Panel meeting. At thatmeeting I was asked by panel members whether PCSO powers would be looked at inAvon and Somerset. It was a conversation I had already had with the new ChiefConstable Nick Gargan. Since that conversation Nick has asked ChiefSuperintendent Louisa Rolfe to review the powers being used in Avon andSomerset.
Many people are not aware that when PCSOs were introduced,Chief Constables had some discretion about whether to give them the power todetain suspects for up to 30 minutes. Some forces in the UK chose to give PCSOsthis power, Avon and Somerset Constabulary did not.
The review Nick is carrying out will be looking at thediscretionary powers that PCSOs have that we do not currently use. But it doesnot mean we would be looking to change the law for PCSOs to make arrests.
I would really like to hear your views about this so I canshare the public feeling on this matter with the Constabulary and it can beused as part of the review. You can contact me or send me atweet @AandSPCC.
I will be out seeing first-hand how the police and partnerstackle the Police and Crime Plan priorities. I'll be starting with a trip withthe "Bobby Van" a scheme where a carpenter visits the homes ofvictims of burglary to secure locks or doors and ending the day accompanyingthe roads policing unit carrying out vehicle checks.
The Police and Crime Plans outline how the police willtackle the things that matter to you.
As well as the police tackling the priorities I campaignedon (burglary, anti-social behaviour, violence against women and children andvictims at the heart of the criminal justice system) they will also beresponding to your road safety concerns.
More than 2000 people took part in the Police and Crime Planconsultation and road safety repeatedly came up as a top priority.
All the local Plans set out just some of the ways we willrespond to your road safety concerns including working with our partners tomake roads and pavements safer. As well as taking enforcement action inresponse to the use of mobile phones while driving and cycling on pavements.From the letters and the phone-ins I have taken part in, I know this is a realconcern for many residents.
You can read the local Police and Crime Plan here.