The more I think about it, the more I reckon PCSO's should never have had 'Police' in their title. I personally think 'Community Support Officer' would have been far less confusing - especially with the 'explain to your mates what a special is' debate (which I'm sure we've all had) - How many times has someone said "Oh, so you're one of those £26k wannabe policemen are you?"...
My thinking is without 'Police' they would be simply Community Support Officers (CSO's). This would bring them in line with Civil Enforcement Officers (Traffic wardens), Wildlife Officers (Environmental Agency), Licensing Officers (Security Industry) and a whole host of other 'Officer' positions that do not have police powers but who enforce some legislation or other.
Why give them a name that signifies a power they do not have? I think this has contributed greatly to the confusion, and in some cases resentment of CSO's.
I do not want this to become a debate on the role they play, just on the name they have been given.
It's not confusing at all.Your only confusing it.