Avon and Somerset PCSOs' power to detain considered

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The Avon and Somerset Chief Constable is considering giving PCSOs the power to detain, not arrest, the Police and Crime Commissioner has clarified.

Chief Constables are able to designate a number of discretionary powers to Police Community Support Officers.

PCC Sue Mountstevens had told BBC Radio Bristol that arrest powers for PCSOs were being considered by Nick Gargan.

But a spokeswoman has now clarified the power being discussed was the right to detain for up to 30 minutes.

Ms Mountstevens was involved in a discussion about wider PCSO powers with members of the police and crime panel.

There are 384 PCSOs in the area.

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