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.”

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