Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

26/10/10 Rosie Cooper ‘horrified’ as future of PCSOs threatened

Rosie Cooper MP is ‘horrified’ that the future of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) is threatened following the ConDem government cuts to police budgets amid fears that we could see increasing crime rates.
Rosie received notification on Friday 22nd October that Lancashire Police are beginning the process of consultation on PCSO jobs across Lancashire given the uncertainty over their future budgets.
Rosie Cooper MP, for West Lancashire, said:
“For all the warm words about protecting front line services the Conservatives with help from their Lib Dem friends propose cuts which could see us lose PCSOs who are an essential front line service. “PCSOs are value for money, they are the visible presence on our streets dealing with local crime, anti-social behaviour and gathering vital intelligence. Since they were introduced the PCSOs have played a vital role in helping police officers reduce crime across West Lancashire.
“When former Home Secretary Alan Johnson visited West Lancashire last year he said that Lancashire Police were one of the best police forces in the country and residents talked about how crime and their fear of crime was reducing and the vital role the PCSOs played in this.
“This uncertainty over the future of the PCSOs will I fear quickly undo all the good work done in recent years. Keeping people safe at home and out on the streets has to remain the top priority. This will also place a massive burden on police officers to plug the gap, devastate local communities and crime will increase if we lose the valuable contribution PCSOs make and would .

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