PCSOs with more power poised to hit the beat in West Sussex

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COMMUNITY policing is to change in West Susses.

PCSOs equipped with enhanced powers are starting their new role from Monday.

They can act to resolve issues such as alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour from their first day in the new role.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor, from Sussex police, said: ‘The PCSO role has evolved since it was introduced 13 years ago with the specific aim to be visible in the community and they will continue to conduct patrols.

‘However these patrols will be targeted to areas where they know they can make a difference.

‘They will be helping prevent crimes such as burglary and anti-social behaviour and complete tasks in ways that are proven to reduce crime and keep people safe.’

The PCSOs will be able to carry out investigations, working directly with witnesses and victims on community issues.

The scheme is focused on protecting the vulnerable.