Press Assoc. – Monday, August 20 04:32 am
Police Community Support Officers solve one crime every six years, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The figures show PCSOs hand out fines for anti-social behaviour, public disorder or motoring offences at a rate of one every four months, according to the Daily Mail.
In several areas of the country, officers failed to detect a single crime over the past year, the paper claimed.
The figures state that forces where PCSOs failed to detect any offences include the West Midlands, which has 644 officers, Northumbria, which has 248 PCSOs, and Nottinghamshire which is served by 217 PCSOs.
The Police Federation’s Alan Gordon said: "PCSOs have been seen by some as a cheap alternative to police officers, who can make the public feel safe. But these figures show we were right to be concerned about what benefits they bring to the table."
In the past year the number of PCSOs nationwide has risen from 7,000 to 13,748.