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In 2002, the Police Reform Act introduced the role of a Community Support Officer, a non-warranted but uniformed officer with special powers. They were introduced to provide specific connections into community and local policing across England and Wales (the legislation does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Wearing a uniform and part of the policing response in the UK, PCSO’s face the same risks as other police colleagues. That’s why, in 2002, Police Dependants’ Trust added them to the list of eligible beneficiaries.

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