- Fully updated version of this bestselling handbook, the first handbook aimed directly at Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) - Accessible and concise explanations of the PCSO's role and powers with explanations of the procedures they should follow - Assumes no prior legal knowledge; the legal information is easy to understand and apply - Pocket-sized and portable, the book is designed to be carried by PCSOs on the beat - Covers crime scene management, cautions, evidence gathering, attending court and pocket notebook protocol - Useful case studies, best practice sections, checklists and flowcharts are integrated throughout to aid understanding
New to this edition>br />- New content on new standardised PCSO powers, problem solving techniques including SARA and PAT models, community partnerships and the PACT process - Relevant extracts of new Police Performance Regulations 2008 - Updated National Occupational Standards - Updates to the relevant law, including the revised PACE Codes of Practice
This new edition of the successful Blackstone's PCSO Handbook provides up-to- date and comprehensive coverage of the role and functions of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
PCSOs support regular police officers and work within a targeted patrol area to provide a visible and accessible uniformed presence. They work with partners and community organizations to address anti-social behaviour, the fear of crime, environmental issues and other factors which affect the quality of people's lives.
The role of the PCSO has been subject to a great deal of change in recent years. Blackstone's PCSO Handbook consolidates all the relevant information into one portable volume. This new edition outlines the standardised PCSO powers, the Policing Pledge and the new Police Conduct regulations. It offers new content on problem-solving techniques, community partnerships and the PACT process, as well as updates on the relevant law and PACE Code of Practice.
Topics such as human rights, diversity, health and safety, evidence & procedure and general duties are all covered. PCSOs can use the book as a reference to find information on tasks such as crime scene management, cautions, evidence gathering, attending court and pocket notebook protocol. Throughout the book, case scenarios, flow charts, checklists and good practice sections are used to illustrate and clarify the information.
The updated key National Occupational Standards relevant to PCSOs are discussed and explained and so PCSOs can ensure that they achieve these targets effectively. The book also looks at the historical background of PCSOs and how the PCSO role fits with the rapidly changing face of policing.
This is a highly practical and portable handbook, ideal for PCSOs to carry on the beat and for PCSO trainers and other police officers.
Readership: Primary: PCSOs, prospective PCSOs, and all officers responsible for the training and development of PCSOs, including tutor constables and divisional managers. Secondary: Police constables and other members of the core policing family who want to understand the powers of PCSOs. Also the CPS, specials, neighbourhood wardens and students on Public Services foundation courses.
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