BTP are Uber pcsos...
Alot more interesting job , used in a different way to HO forces...
Having worked for both , i couldnt work for a HO force again i dont think..
I think it depends what area you are made to work in on your H/O force. From what i've been told your old division was a crappy one to work for anyway. PCSO's had very little contact with cops, they didn't (and still don't) get sent to jobs, they deal with little else apart from abandoned vehicles and the odd nuisance call out.
My division, like BTP is short on cops. Hence our controllers send us to a lot more things, and we're used a lot more in a pro-active role. I quite enjoy being responsible for a town of 10,000 people, working with them to solve their problems over a long term period, and being sent to jobs that are a lot more interesting than my colleagues over the border get sent to.
But, it's personal opinion at the end of the day.
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