Probe into future of PCSOs

THURROCK Council is to investigate the future of the Police Community Support Officers it match-funds at the moment.

The formation of a councillor team to look at the situation was suggested by Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, at Wednesday (27 February) evening’s meeting of the council.

Both main political groups suggested amendments to the original budget proposal, putting the end of match-funding of PCSOs on hold.

Speaking during the debate on the budget, Cllr Kent said he had initially backed a Conservative proposal to end the scheme and use the money to expand council enforcement duties, but now believed more work needed to be done.

He said his group accepted the Conservative amendment – which was similar to Labour’s – so long as a member task group was set up.

Cllr Kent said: “We should not remove the match funding for PCSOs until we are convinced we are getting full value for our significant investment.

“In order to investigate this I have asked Cllr Wootton, Shadow Portfolio Holder for Public Protection to Chair a task and finish group to look at this issue and to make recommendations on the future of this funding arrangement.”

3 Responses to "Probe into future of PCSOs"

  1. Lambo   March 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    So with police funding cuts and council cuts we will see a loss of uniformed personnel on the street, I personally am not a fan of the PCSO’s in their current form as they lack any real powers, but may be seen as a deterrent…

    Surely if we are to take these off the streets along with police officers the cost to the council due to possible anti social problems will escalate so to drop the funding may be a double edged sword.

  2. VINCE63   March 10, 2013 at 5:37 am

    PCSO’S may not have enough arrest powers but as a general deterrent against ASB and opportune crime have proved very successful. Intelligence gathering and community interaction would be removed if budgets were cut. As LAMBO says and I agree a budget cut which solves nothing and creates new Community debt via potentially higher rates of crime.

  3. VINCE63   March 10, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Particular thanks to PCSO (S) Leonard Nwulu / David Goldfinch who through sterling efforts on behalf of Grays East Police raised Thurrock Police profile and during their period in office saw crime rates in Little Thurrock fall between 15 to 19%. Very good Community interaction – well worth saving in the Council budget.

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