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Jozee posted..

[QUOTE=Robot69]What can a PCSO do ? Do they have any authority/powers whatsoever ?

As for HGHS, their school uniform changes every other year so the Head will probably disown their responsibility. My understand is that once they are off the grounds of the school then they are someone else's problem (yes, it should be the parents!)
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I used to think PCSOs were a waste of time - cheap policing. However, I do think this sort of low-level 'crime' can be where they are very useful. PCSOs seem to spend a fair bit of time pounding the beat so can get to know the persistent troublemakers an may have more chance of identifying them. Yes, they don't have great powers, but I see them as the eyes and ears of the police who have the potential to stop this sort of stuff escalating.
As someone else said, when I was at the high school, it was made very clear that if you were caught doing anything you shouldn't be in school uniform they would deal with you appropriately..... 'representing the school', etc.

On a separate note, the police and PCSOs at the Carnival were great. They had a little stall and spoke to my son and friend about the dangers of drugs. I was very impressed at how they dealt with two Yr 6 lads in an age-appropriate way.