PCSOs are a visible foot patrolling
representative of law and order, providing public reassurance and
to assist with the prevention of crime and disorder within the
community, complementing the work of police officers by focusing on
lower level crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
They were introduced to policing in 2003 and have since become an
integral and valuable part of Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
• carry out high visibility foot or cycle patrol providing
reassurance and helping to increase feelings of safety
• complement, but do not replace, other police resources
• maximise contact and maintain close links across
• act as a tactical resource for Community Safety Partnership,
other funding partners and police to reduce crime, nuisance and
• reduce crime, fear of crime, gather intelligence and are
actively involved in local problem- solving
• carry out enforcement activity against low level nuisance
and anti-social behaviour
PCSOs have various policing powers including issuing fixed penalty
notices for some anti-social behaviour and obstructive or dangerous
here for more details.
PCSOs are recruited from a wide range of backgrounds bringing a
diversity of experience to the Constabulary.
Many people have the skills and ability to contribute towards
making Hertfordshire a safer county but would not want or be able
to become a police officers. The creation of PCSOs has
allowed the Constabulary to tap into this pool of talent.