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PCSO Powers (4229_15)


I write to formally request the following information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act):

1.         A list of all optional powers that the Chief Constable has conferred to Police Community Safety Officers (PCSO’s) in your department, pursuant to the Police Reform Act 2002.

2.         If the power to detain has been authorised pursuant to Paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 4 of the Police Reform Act 2002 and/or Paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 8 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, are PCSO’s permitted to physically restrain a person, or does the power to detain only permit verbal requests.

Schedule 4 of the Police Reform Act 2002 defines the “standard” powers a uniformed PCSO can perform (Annex A). In addition, discretionary powers can be granted to uniformed PCSO’s. Those discretionary powers are listed in Annex B of the Home Office PCSO Power’s Guidance available at, along with the statutory reference authorising the chief constable to confer those powers.


Whilst the majority of information is attached, an internal telephone number has been redacted because it is exempt by virtue of Section 31 (Law Enforcement).

This exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (4229_Public_Interest_Test).

Please note: PCSO’s do not have the power to detain.