plastic police

Related to plastic police: PCSO

plastic police

n
(Law) informal censorious a collective term for several classes of public officer (including community support officers) authorized to perform certain tasks and duties in support of the police force, but having lesser powers than the police
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Joe Dempsey We need proper police with powers of arrest not plastic police who are the equivalent of a prefect Matthew Cooper Can't believe how many people drive around Bolton with free floating kids in the back.
Michael Tyler Bet the plastic police that will be tasked with sorting the problem out will get so high on the smell of cannabis they won't know what day it us never mind where they are.
Then, not so long ago, a piece of plastic police ticker tape was run around it.
A good way to rattle people at a party could be to don one of those fake plastic police hats on sale in seaside resorts, then borrow a high-visibility jacket and scrawl "Police" on the back.
"We used to talk about the plastic police and now we have the cardboard police.
IT just about sums up this coalition government when they propose to replace bobbies on the beat with plastic police.
Regular officers would be grouped into "taskable teams" available to deal with serious incidents, with PCSOs - dubbed "Plastic police" - carrying out grassroots work on the streets.
weller Plastic Police, seems to me they are all a waste of money together with the so-called street wardens.
And some establishments give you a discount or a free drink when you buy food from places like Domino's Pizza and Subway." The comments will create fresh concerns about the use of PCSOs, dubbed "plastic police" because they are cheap and do not have full police powers.
The tiny plastic machine gun was placed in the hands of a plastic police officer as part of a Legos play set.
Local residents, who had been ordered to stay behind a yellow plastic police barrier, were eager to talk to the cameras, waving over reporters and shouting comments aloud.