What Powers Do PCSO's Have?

The Chief Constable of Hertfordshire has designated the following powers to Police Community Support Officers:

• Confiscation of alcohol from any person in a designated place

• Confiscation of alcohol from young people aged under l8

• Confiscation of alcohol from young people aged under l6

• Removal of abandoned vehicles

• Seizure of vehicles used to cause alarm, distress or annoyance after a warning has been given

• Enter property to save life or limb or to prevent serious damage

• Carry out road checks under section 4 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

• Place traffic signs

• Stop vehicles for the purpose of testing

• Stop cycles for riding on a footpath

• Regulate traffic for the purpose of escorting abnormal loads

• Enforce cordon areas under section 36 of the Terrorism Act 2000

• Stop and search of vehicles and items carried by persons in authorization areas in the company of a constable (sections 44 and 45 of the Terrorism Act 2000)

• Enforce local by-laws

• Deal with begging under section 3 & 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824

• Direct traffic for offences other than escorting an abnormal load

• Remove children in contravention of curfew notices to their place of residence under subsections 15(1)1 (2) and (3) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998

• Disperse groups and remove persons under 16 to their place of residence under Section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

PCSOs also have the power to require a person’s name and address in the following circumstances:

• Reasonable belief of a relevant offence

• Relevant fixed penalty notice

• Offence involving injury, alarm or distress

• Offence involving loss or damage to property

• Road traffic offence whereby a pedestrian fails to follow the directions of a PCSO

• Reasonable belief that a person is acting in an antisocial manner

Power to detain;

A PCSO has the power to detain a person for a period of up to 30 minutes, pending the arrival of a police constable, or require the person to accompany them to a police station if the following offence is committed:

Failure to comply with a request to give name and address or gives a false or inaccurate name and address

A PCSO may also issue local authority fixed penalty notices for:

• Dog fouling

• Litter

• Graffiti/fly posting

And Hertfordshire Constabulary fixed penalty notices for:

• Cycling on a footpath

• Disorder