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Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) work with police officers and share some, but not all of their powers. Special constables are volunteers who have the same powers as police.
A PCSO can, for example:
A PCSO can also ask a police officer to arrest a person.
The power of PCSOs can differ between police forces.
They must wear a uniform clearly marked ‘PCSO’.
Special Constables are volunteers but have the same powers as police officers.
Find out about police recruitment, eligibility, pay and expenses or volunteering with the police.
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