I think PCSO's are a waste of tax payers money, good idea, but to many of them, would it not work to just take the ones who are most suited to the role of a PC and give them additional training, say, 60% of them, and keep them in the community policing role albeit with the PC's powers and training? Look at the cost difference between the salary of a PC and a PCSO, PC on starting service Â£21,534 PCSO Â£16,000 Do bear in mind these are rough figures but see the difference of Â£5,000, a PC can do everything a PCSO can and you'd find most chavvy jobs would more less inclined to give a fully uniformed PC stick than a PCSO. Every the most unintelligible yob can tell you a PCSO's powers amount to f**k all, community policing is failing because yobs don't respect even the limited powers a PCSO has, a PCSO informs you they can keep you for 30 mins (oh, is that right? f**k off). I would say a good start would be cut the number of PCSO's in half and try and train up the other half to be full PC's. We need more PC's in the community policing role, they're the ones who make vulnerable people feel safe, not some blue tab wannabe.