In the Media

New powers for community officers

PUBLISHED December 23, 2004

The Police Federation said it "strongly opposes" giving civilian Community Support Officers (CSOs) the power to detain suspects for up to 30 minutes.

The powers - piloted in six areas - were extended to all police forces in England and Wales on Thursday.
The federation said CSOs do not have the experience, training and safety equipment to deal with "potentially confrontational" situations.
But the government said the move would help police "build safe communities".