Jump to content
Account Notice
  • To post a recruitment query in the "Recruitment Areas" or in the "Force Specific Areas" you will require a Recruitment Pass or a Membership Package. Click HERE to read more.
  • Your Account Is Currently Limited
Murtaugh

PCSO - Plain Clothes

Recommended Posts

Murtaugh

Does anyone know any forces who allow PCSO's to do jobs in plain clothes?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements


SD

No, mainly because without the uniform their not a PCSO.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements

ParochialYokal

Whilst a PCSO has to be in uniform to exercise their PCSO powers, I am not sure if the newly created designation of ‘Police Support Officer’ does?

The original PRA 2002 has been butchered so much by amendments it is hard to track what is what.

I remember that the now defunct designation of Investigating Officer originally needed to be in uniform to exercise their powers, but that was changed. For example, they could only apply for a warrant to a Magistrates Court if they were in uniform (which was ridiculous).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements

Murtaugh

Merseyside have PCSO's working in Early Help teams and they work in uniform and plain clothes.

It may be slightly different around the country but the Early Help teams use a multi agency approach to working with families that have multiple problems. Working with Local Authorities, Schools, etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements


skydiver

I thought the whole point of PCSOs was that they were a cheaper way of providing visibility in the community, so plain clothes work defeats that object.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements

Hyphen
1 hour ago, skydiver said:

I thought the whole point of PCSOs was that they were a cheaper way of providing visibility in the community, so plain clothes work defeats that object.  

Totally agree, I really don’t see the benefits of having plain clothes PCSO’s? Plus, I think it’s puts the PCSO at huge risk and effectively unable to actually do anything if they witness something happening. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements


Lone Wolf
On 11/05/2019 at 00:10, Murtaugh said:

Merseyside have PCSO's working in Early Help teams and they work in uniform and plain clothes.

It may be slightly different around the country but the Early Help teams use a multi agency approach to working with families that have multiple problems. Working with Local Authorities, Schools, etc.

So basically they are social workers?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Member Achievements

Billy Blue Tac
2 hours ago, Lone Wolf said:

So basically they are social workers?

Not necessarily.

The objective appears to be to facilitate access to support mechanisms and improve community relations.

A uniform could be seen as a barrier to this type of engagement, especially with the vulnerable or those who distrust authority, so the decision to wear plain clothes could be a way of reducing the potential for "us and them" by creating a more receptive atmosphere.

Just a thought.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

About us

Police Community was originally founded in 2014 by two serving Police Officers.

In 2016 it was incorporated as a limited company called RAW Digital Media Limited and then purchased 3 other forums; Police Specials, UK Police Online and Police UK to form the largest policing discussion forum network in the UK.

Get in touch

  • 20-22 Wenlock Road, London N1 7GU
  • contact@rawdigitalmedia.co.uk
  • 0844 357 0111
  • Forums In Our Group - Police.Community - UKPoliceOnline.CO.UK - PoliceSpecials.COM - PoliceUK.COM

Twitter

Facebook

    Meet The Team

  • Chief Bakes
    Chief Bakes Management
  • Chief Rat
    Chief Rat Management
  • Chief Cheetah
    Chief Cheetah Management
  • Rocket
    Rocket Global Moderators
  • David
    David Global Moderators
  • Fedster
    Fedster Global Moderators
  • Devil
    Devil Global Moderators
  • MindTheGap
    MindTheGap Global Moderators
  • blakey
    blakey Global Moderators
  • Techie1
    Techie1 Global Moderators
  • Sir Penguin
    Sir Penguin Global Moderators
  • PCW
    PCW Global Moderators
  • Hoofing
    Hoofing Global Moderators
  • XA84
    XA84 Global Moderators
  • Remmy
    Remmy Global Moderators
  • job_done
    job_done Global Moderators
  • Sapor62
    Sapor62 Global Moderators
×
×
  • Create New...