Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are to be to be given additional powers to help crack down on antisocial behaviour and to deal with restricted area parking around schools.
Additional powers will enable officers to close licensed premises which consistently sell alcohol to children, move people under dispersal orders and confiscate any items that could be used to commit any antisocial behaviour, crime or disorder.
They will also be able to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for parking in restricted areas outside schools (usually marked out by zig-zag lines or double yellow lines) in the morning and when children are collected at the end of the school day. However this has been delayed as the Police Force will be utilising Local Authority legislation which is currently being reviewed by both Medway Unitary and Kent County Council legal departments. Once an agreed status has been reached to the satisfaction of Kent Police’s Legal Services this power will be enacted. An anticipated date is December 2017.
Lib Dem County Councillor Ian Chittenden commented, “PCSO’s are a valuable part of Neighbourhood Policing and make a major contribution to supporting the local community. These additional powers will help to deal with two problems which arise regularly in many areas.”