Welsh Government funded Community Support Officers – one year on
The Community Support Officers (CSOs) funded by the Welsh Government mark one year since deployment yesterday.
The Welsh Government, working in partnership with the four Welsh Police Forces and British Transport Police, introduced the CSOs as an additional resource alongside Core Funded officers.
The Programme for Government commitment to bring the extra CSOs into post was delivered ahead of schedule, with a total of 517 (500 full time equivalent) deployed or in training by October 2013.
The funding of these additional CSOs has almost doubled the number of CSOs on our streets. It is a significant investment in community safety at a time when all public services face financial austerity.
The Minister for Public Services Leighton Andrews AM said:
"Welsh Government funded CSOs undertake a wide range of activities. They play a crucial role in tackling low-level anti-social behaviour and other instances of low level nuisance.
"They work with local primary schools on crime prevention, provide reassurance to over-60s groups and help local businesses address shoplifting.
"These problems can blight lives and it can benefit communities enormously to have them dealt with swiftly.
"They also assist warranted officers by taking part in searches, seizures of alcohol and tobacco and assisting with house to house inquiries in criminal investigations. They are essential sources of community intelligence, which the police can use to detect and tackle criminality in these communities."
Chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers Cymru, Chief Constable Simon Prince said:
"This week marks the 1st Anniversary of Welsh Government funding for 500 additional Community Support Officers across the whole of Wales. This has enabled Welsh Police Forces to nearly double the number of Community Support Officers, providing much welcomed visible support to Communities around the Country.
"Community Support Officers have had a positive effect on Welsh Policing, providing reassurance and links for many people living in our urban and rural Communities and using the transport network throughout Wales. Community Support Officers play a vital role within Welsh Policing and their contribution will continue to make a positive difference and help us to keep our Communities safer."
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