PCSOs an 'expensive luxury'?

PUBLISHED: 17:20 05 October 2011

Police work alongside PCSOs

Police work alongside PCSOs

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A FORMER police officer with more than 30 years experience has labelled Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) an 'expensive luxury'.

The ex-officer - who asked not to be named - said the recent flurry of fixed penalty notices for poor parking in Weston, following complaints from Mercury readers, was not tackling the problem properly.

Two PCSOs on September 8 ticketed 30 vehicles in one-hour bays in Meadow Street, Orchard Street, the Boulevard and Waterloo Street in the town.

He said: “They would be better employed issuing tickets to people parked on double yellow lines, on the pavement and parking on junctions.

“People parked on pavements make it difficult for blind persons and people with prams and pushchairs.

“Every time I go round the town I see vehicles parked on double yellow lines but I see women with pushchairs having to go into the road to get round them.

“Get rid of the PCSOs, an expensive luxury, and get some traffic wardens back.”

He said it would be much better to deal with cars parked dangerously than to slap tickets on cars that have been in bays 20 minutes too long.

PCSOs do not have the same level of power as police officers and primarily are employed to increase police presence on the street. Currently there are more than 16,000 employed across the country.

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