In the Media

Survey reveals police opposition to CSOs

PUBLISHED February 17, 2005

One in three police officers opposes the government's community support officers scheme, with many comparing the officers to "problem children", according to research published today.

A survey of rank and file police officers found that 33% disapproved of CSOs, with only 39% in favour of them, the survey - carried out for the Police Federation - revealed.
Officers claimed they were aware of CSOs with criminal records, a CSO who took class A drugs, another "suffering from mental health problems", and one who was recruited without an interview, according to the survey.