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The first intake of police community support officers, (PCSOs) which were recruited by Greater Manchester Police before Christmas have now completed their training.

This is the first 32 of the 160 PCSOs, who will assist regular police officers in their fight against crime in the force area and is the largest number of PCSOs outside London. The officers completed their initial training with a ceremony to be held at GMP’s ÿtraining school, Sedgley Park, where they will each receive their warrant cards from Assistant Chief Constable Ian Seabridge ÿ (Community and Internal Affairs). The new recruits consist of 18 men and 14 women.

Beat, uniform

The Police Reform Act 2002 will allow the CSOs to have selected powers ÿto deal with anti-social behaviour, littering, dog fouling and confiscation of alcohol as an added resource to the community beat officers. Working with the communities they serve will provide an additional link between them and the police. They will also be able to issue non-endorsable fixed penalties to offenders. The main objective is to provide high-visibility patrolling and to gather intelligence. They will work regular shifts under the supervision ÿof the community beat sergeant for their particular area.
ÿThe uniform will be a blue anorak with a PCSO embroidered badge on the breast pocket, black trousers, white shirt with either a blue tie for the males or a blue cravat for the female officers. The head-dress will be a black cap with blue banding and a support staff badge. Radios, torches and an infectious diseases pouch will also be carried.

What they say

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Seabridge said “These first PCSOs are valuable additions to the ability of the police, our partners and the public to improve the quality of life for people across Greater Manchester.” Visit www.gmp.police.uk

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