Funding protected for PCSOs

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Funding for Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will remain protected until 2016.

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said he is committed to protecting neighbourhood policing and has ring-fenced £17.8m a year of funding to continue to pay for PCSOs across the county.

The reassurance was given amid fears that neighbourhood policing teams (NPTs) will be seriously affected by the severe cuts being imposed by government on the police budget and to local authorities.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I will be maintaining the level of funding for PCSOs for three years across West Yorkshire.

“PCSOs working as part of our neighbourhood policing teams with police constables provide an invaluable service in our communities and I have pledged to protect neighbourhood policing which is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan.”