Warwickshire Lib Dems condem 28 per cent fall in PCSOs on Warwickshire's streets - The Rugby Observer

Warwickshire Lib Dems condem 28 per cent fall in PCSOs on Warwickshire's streets

A ‘SHOCKING’ 28 per cent fall in Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) on the streets of Warwickshire is leading to more crimes going unsolved and victims going without justice – so say the county’s Liberal Democrat group.

Home Office statistics commissioned by the party show there have been 24 full-time equivalent PCSOs cut from the county’s police force since 2015 – down from 87 to 62.

Coun Jerry Roodhouse, the leader of Warwickshire’s Lib Dems, said: “These shocking figures prove that Conservative ministers are yet again failing to prevent crime in Warwickshire. They should be ashamed.

“PCSOs play a vital role in keeping our communities safe. The Government should be empowering them to do their job, not slashing their numbers into oblivion.

“We are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people.”

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said the strength of policing in Warwickshire had ‘improved dramatically’ since 2016.

“Warwickshire Police grew from around 800 officers in 2016 to just under 1,100 today – the largest number in the force’s long history.

“The intensive drive to increase police officer numbers, combined with a more challenging employment market, has had implications for recruitment to other parts of the police workforce, especially for PCSO roles. Despite its best efforts, the force has had difficulty in filling these posts.

“I am very keen to see this position reversed and our Safer Neighbourhood Teams fully staffed, as they are the cornerstone of policing in our communities.

“I have given the Chief Constable the resources for 82 PCSOs across Warwickshire and I am keen to grow these numbers further in future as finances allow.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/2p88udkb for more information on applying to be a PCSO in Warwickshire.

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