Derby

Derbyshire support officers' powers could grow

Community support officers in Derbyshire are set to have their role expanded in the light of spending cuts.

The police said the PCSOs, who have fewer powers than colleagues in other areas, could play a larger role in tackling anti-social behaviour.

A review is looking at whether they should be able to detain suspects or issue fixed penalty notices.

The force will see its budget fall by more than £20m over four years and expects to lose about 120 officers.

Extra training

The police budget is currently £170m - a 3.3% decrease from last year - and it is cutting 112 civilian posts along with an officer recruitment freeze.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said they were facing "challenging times" and PCSOs were keen to do more.

She added: "There are particular types of events they can help us with. Clearly anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime is something that really, really troubles our communities.

"I do think there are some opportunities there for us to revisit those powers and perhaps do some training with our PCSOs, before we give them those powers to do more for the public."

The force is also trying to attract more volunteer - known as Special - constables.

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