Chief Constable Simon Bailey has made it very obvious of his disdain he has for PCSOs.
I have yet to meet a PCSO that has called into a WI or flower club meeting. I have however seen PCSOs that have caught shoplifters, dealt with anti-social behaviour and called on needy people in their homes when they have neighbourhood problems. Incidents that no police officers are around to cope with.
Perhaps Mr Bailey should get out on the streets more and see what is going on.