Lanc's police are going to get rid of their 400 + PCSO's as a cost saving measure. Good news and the start of putting things back in order. They were pointless, powerless and largely useless IMHO. I can only hope that the rest of the forces follow their lead. BBC News - Lancashire Police could axe all 427 PCSOs Lancashire Police could axe all 427 PCSOs The chief constable said it was not a decision that had been taken lightly Lancashire Police is considering axing all 427 police community support officers (PCSOs) from its force. All PCSOs have been told their jobs could go by March 2011 amid increased uncertainty over future funding. The force pays for their roles through a grant from central government or from local councils - which it said it could no longer rely on. Unison said "lives would be devastated" by the proposed cuts and it "would not stand by and let this happen". Ed Balls, the shadow home secretary, described the move as an "early, concerning sign" of the effect of the Spending Review on policing. Lets not forget however, that the original concept was from the John Major government before the blind idiot started it rolling.