Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

30/11/06 WEST LANCASHIRE IS AN EXAMPLE FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICIN

Speaking in a Parliamentary debate this week, Rosie Cooper MP welcomed the additional investment in Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) as a practical solution to tackling crime.

Rosie went on to commend Lancashire Police and West Lancashire District Council for their partnership working to ensure West Lancashire residents benefited from the Labour Government’s commitment and investment to increase the number of PCSOs on our streets.

In an adjournment debate on Police community support officers and Neighbourhood Policing Rosie took the opportunity to highlight the investment in 7.5 more PCSOs for this area that will take the total to 22 PCSOs by April 2007.

Rosie said:

“What we need are practical solutions to the problems of crime and anti-social behaviour. Offering to ‘hug a hoodie’ is not the answer for people who fear going out on the streets at night.”

“I have been out on the beat with local PCSOs in Ormskirk and Skelmerdale. I know what a great job they do providing a presence on the streets, building relationships with the local community which is all part of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.”

“Police community support officers (PCSOs) are uniformed staff whose role is to support the work of police officers and work within their local community. They free up some of the time police officers might spend on routine tasks or low-level crime issues, and provide a valuable service to the community.”

“Putting more investment into PCSOs will ensure we make progress in our fight against crime and anti-social behaviour in our area. I commend Lancashire Police and West Lancashire District Council for their partnership working as it can only benefit the people of West Lancashire.”

Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) (Lab): I commend my local council, West Lancashire district council, on its commitment, on partnership working in tackling crime and on working with the police on more practical solutions than merely “hug a hoodie”. As a result of joint working, we are getting another seven and a half PCSO posts in April next year, six of which will be in an area where antisocial behaviour is very bad.

Mr. Vernon Coaker: I thank my hon. Friend for mentioning that example of neighbourhood policing. The involvement of the local authority in neighbourhood policing is crucial. That is the point that I am making to my hon. Friends today. Neighbourhood policing means neighbourhood management: the involvement of the local authority, the police and other partners. I know that such an approach is being taken in many areas. We want it to happen in all areas. 

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