in the Burnham-On-Sea area given new powers to detain
Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Burnham-On-Sea and across
Somerset will get greater powers from this week.
force's 384 PCSOs are now permitted to detain people for up to
30 minutes and to search them.
constables are able to designate a number of discretionary powers
and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens asked Chief Constable
Nick Gargan to consider the powers soon after his appointment
Gargan said: "That power of detention allows a PCSO to keep
somebody with them for up to 30 minutes, pending the arrival of
an officer and pending a decision of whether to transform that
detention into an arrest."
training programme has been worked up just to ensure we can implement
that, and our PCSOs now have those powers."