In the Media

Warning over search powers for part-time police

PUBLISHED November 25, 2004

Police community support officers are to be given controversial powers to search suspects for dangerous items as part of the government policing bill published yesterday.

The civilian wardens, dubbed "Blunkett's bouncers" and "plastic policemen" by critics, were introduced two years ago to patrol the streets and tackle low level antisocial behaviour. There are more than 4,000 CSOs and 140,000 police officers in England and Wales.