Surrey Police gives new powers to 'frustrated' PCSOs
Extra powers have been given to police community support officers (PCSOs) in Surrey to tackle under-age drinking.
The PCSOs will now be able to stop and search young people they suspect of drinking alcohol in public.
They will also be able to search adults suspected of drinking in areas that have been designated alcohol-free zones.
Senior police officers, who granted the new powers, said the force had listened to the concerns of the public.
PCSO Steve Baldwin said: "It has been frustrating knowing that youngsters have bottles of beer in their rucksacks, or spirits in their pockets, and being unable to search them in the best interests of their safety."
PCSOs were introduced to England and Wales in 2002 and have limited powers compared to regular police officers.