Fifteen newly-trained PCSOs received their PSCO Powers at a special award ceremony hosted by Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and new Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson at his first such event.

It was also the first time in 18 months that police have been able to hold a face-to-face ceremony, with a live stream for friends and family.

The ceremony took place at the Wiltshire Police headquarters in Devizes on Friday.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “Our 126 PCSOs play a vital role in Wiltshire. They are integral in our community policing teams, helping us to be more visible in communities and providing a reassuring presence to help and protect the public.”

“As you head from the classroom to the frontline next week, we wish you every success in your careers and thank each and every one of you for your dedication and public service.”