Wyre Council

Funding to continue for Wyre PCSOs

Published on Thursday 6th January 2011

Wyre Borough Council has pledged to continue its funding for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Financial support for this valuable community resource has been provided by the council for the past five years, with the current agreement coming to an end in March.

This will now be extended for the foreseeable future (subject to Cabinet approval) following feedback from the public and a scrutiny exercise which reviewed the service provided by the PCSOs in Wyre.

Discussions will take place between the council and Lancashire Constabulary to determine exact requirements and how things can be taken forward.

Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for community safety, said: "Recent consultation has shown there is a great deal of support for PCSOs in Wyre. People have told us that a uniformed presence makes them feel more reassured and safer in their neighbourhood, an important factor in reducing fear of crime.

"We have also seen plenty of evidence of the excellent work the officers have done on the ground to reduce low level crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

"Despite cuts in public spending, the council feels Wyre cannot afford to lose such a valuable resource and has pledged the funding to keep as many PCSOs as possible on our streets for the foreseeable future."

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