Local MP, Douglas Carswell, this afternoon helped give the green light in Parliament to important legal changes that will ensure local Police Community Support Officers have more consistent powers.
In a rare example of cross party cooperation, Douglas teamed up with other MPs on the House of Commons delegated legislation committee to approve changes under the 2002 Police reform Act. As a result, PCSOs will now have appropriate powers to support neighbourhood policing and to deal more effectively with anti-social behaviour.
Douglas says "This is a practical step to help our local PCSOs. I don't see PCSOs as simply being auxillary police, but as playing a key role in the fight against crime and disorder".
"Giving PCSOs better defined powers will help them to do their job better - and that is good news for people concerned about vandalism and yob culture in Clacton, Frinton and Walton."
"We need to give PCSOs greater recognition and support for the work that they do".
"When I decided to back this important legal change, I very much had local people in Clacton, Frinton and Walton - who have been troubled by vandalism and yob culture - at the front of my mind".
"Giving police and PCSOs the tools to fight crime, coupled with greater accountability to local people for how they then tackle crime, are going to be absolutely essential features of policing in future".