Friday 20 April 2018

British force not same as Garda Reserve

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.

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