According to this mornings Telegraph, more than 2,000 police community support officers have been investigated for misconduct and more than 160 charged with criminal offences since the role was created.
There have been at least 2,233 investigations into PCSOs for alleged misconduct. By comparison, a total of 16,300 PCSOs are now serving nationally.
Since the role was created 167 PCSOs have been charged with crimes, while 276 have been dismissed.
In one case, a PCSO resigned last year after he was found to have an arsenal of weapons at his home and to be a member of the British National Party.
This is one in seven of all these “civilian policemen”.