Q666: Can you tell me about Community Support Officers?
Community Support Officers (CSOs) work within the community and were introduced to increase a police presence on the streets. The role of a CSO is varied but will chiefly involve interaction with the public and assisting police officers at scenes of crimes and incidents.
CSOs play a vital role in the community as many people feel more comfortable talking to the CSOs rather than police officers and they are able to offer crime prevention advice and play an important role in preventing anti-social behaviour.
CSOs do not have the same powers as police officers but depending on which force they work in there are various powers that can be given to them to deal with offences such as parking offences, littering and confiscation of alcohol amongst others.