Friday, 5.21pm - A PUBLIC pat on the back for Skegness' police community support officers was sounded at a meeting of the town council.
"I have never met a group of people more passionate about their work," said Insp Terry Ball.
There have been calls for PCSOs to be more rigorous in issuing tickets to parking offenders, but Insp Ball said it was not their job to act as traffic wardens.
He commented: "Their role is more one of education than of enforcement - they are conduit between the public and the police."
He agreed to provide a list of the powers available to PCSOs at a future council meeting