I always said they were a waste of space. I'm talking about PCSOs here.
Supporters say they offer a reassuring uniformed presence on the streets, but critics – including many regular officers – have branded them "plastic policemen" or "CHIMPS", which stands for "completely hopeless in most policing situations".
It would appear that some of them are not too honest
There have been at least 2,233 investigations into PCSOs for alleged misconduct. By comparison, a total of 16,300 PCSOs are now serving nationally.
Now I'm off out to lunch. You can read the whole article here.