Comments are closed. Civilian beat officers to take to London’s streetsOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today The Metropolitan police has started recruiting 300 community supportofficers to assist the police and provide a visible presence on London’sstreets. The Met’s HR director Martin Tiplady, told Personnel Today the newcivilian officers will be a major feature of London street policing by the endof the financial year. The recruits, who may have limited police powers, will initially guardvulnerable premises and carry out short patrols. But Tiplady is optimistic thatonce the proposed Police Reform Bill becomes law, CSOs will gain additionalpowers. These could eventually include the right to enter property, stop and searchsuspects and enforce police cordons. Tiplady said the CSOs represent a radical new part of the police family butadmitted there may be some initial resistance to their deployment. “It is a new, vibrant role so people at the more traditional end ofpolicing may have questions about it, but these new staff are notpolicemen,” he said. Tiplady said the Met had launched a media recruitment campaign and heanticipated the first 100 recruits to be patrolling Westminster as early asSeptember. In future, there will be three types of CSO: traffic, security andcommunity. The idea is to give a presence on the front line and free up policetime. “It is an exciting new role and we’re committed to it. They can befull-time or part-time and will have a flexible working pattern,” Tipladyadded. The CSOs will have their own uniform and will earn around £20,000 per year. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.