§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 26 June 2003]: Special constables possess full constabulary powers, including the power of arrest, while they are in their own, or an adjacent, police force.
Community Support Officers (CSOs) have not been given powers of arrest beyond those available to ordinary citizens. In the Police Reform Act 2002 CSOs have been given a power to detain a person who is suspected of a relevant offence, and who has not 253W supplied a satisfactory name and address, for up to 30 minutes while awaiting the arrival of a police constable. A relevant offence is:a fixed penalty notice offence of littering, dog fouling, or cycling on the footway oran offence that appears to have caused harassment, alarm or distress to another oran offence that involves loss of or damage to another's property.
This power of detention is being piloted by six police forces for two years until December 2004.
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 26 June 2003]: Subject to parliamentary approval the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill will extend the following powers to community support officers (CSOs):The power to disperse groupsThe power to issue a fixed penalty notice for graffiti and fly-posting.The power to issue a fixed penalty notice to parents for truancy.The power to stop cyclists in order to issue a fixed penalty notice for cycling on a footpath.