Your editorial yesterday erroneously equated the UK's Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) with the Garda Reserve and implies that it's an unpaid part-time force.
Whilst acknowledging the point that the editorial tried to make, the PCSO force in the UK is actually full-time and is a salaried post with members earning in the region of £25,000 (€28,000) per annum.
They are not, however, attested constables and don't have police powers of arrest.
The part-time volunteer officers your editorial may have wished to refer to in the UK are the Special Constables -- an unpaid volunteer force made up of people who contribute a minimum of 16 hours a month and have the same powers and responsibilities as full-time police in the London Metropolitan Police.
S Mac Pilib