Calderdale Council contiues to pay share of PCSO posts

Police Commisioner Mark Burns Williams with Coun Tim Swift, PCSO Gordon Thorpe, Cheif SI Chris Harden, PCSO Daniel Lortie and Coun Janet Battye.
Police Commisioner Mark Burns Williams with Coun Tim Swift, PCSO Gordon Thorpe, Cheif SI Chris Harden, PCSO Daniel Lortie and Coun Janet Battye.
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Councillors have decided to continue to pay their share of 13 Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) posts in Calderdale.

Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said PCSOs play an important role in making residents feel safe.

“The partnership between PCSOs and local residents and services has been successful in addressing the issues that matter to people in Calderdale,” he said.

“This is why we felt it was important to continue our share funding for the 13 PCSO posts that operate across the whole of Calderdale.”

Deputy leader of the council Janet Battye, added: “Neighbourhood policing is a strong priority for me and by contributing to the funding for PCSOs the council can help to make sure this approach continues.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “The PCSOs, which the council is matching the investment by the police to fund, play a vital part in keeping people safe, and feeling safe.

“Despite the huge cuts to funding for the police - £100 million cut resulting in 2,000 jobs to be lost - and the cuts to the council from Government, the fact these PCSOs has been protected shows the commitment of the council and will make a difference on the streets for people right across Calderdale, who like me want the police working together with communities and the key people locally to keep the streets safe.”