Police community support officers ‘essential’ to battle against law breakers

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A RECRUITMENT drive has been launched to sign up more Police Community Support Officers to bolster crime-fighting across England’s largest county amid the Government’s swingeing austerity measures.

North Yorkshire Police is overseeing the campaign to sign up more PCSOs who are seen as key to complementing the ranks of warrant-holding officers at a time when the force’s resources are coming under intense pressure from financial constraints.

The North Yorkshire force has been battling a £24m budget deficit caused by the dramatic reduction in funding from the Government.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, who was elected in November, said the role of PCSOs was vital to ensuring the county remained one of the safest places in the country.

She said: “PCSOs make a real difference to local people and are significant in making our area one of the safest places to live in England.

“What’s more, over the course of the past few months I have received many extremely positive comments about PCSOs and their integral role as members of our communities.

“This recruitment drive also demonstrates that despite challenging times, I am fully committed to a strong and resilient frontline policing force, which is so very essential to keeping North Yorkshire and the City of York safe.”

Posts are available in locations across North Yorkshire, although the recruitment drive is focused on increasing the number of PCSOs in the Scarborough, Filey and Whitby areas.

North Yorkshire Police currently has 179 PCSOs, and the recruitment drive is designed to increase the figure to the full complement of 183 while also maintaining numbers as PCSOs progress their careers or leave the force. It is hoped that there will be a small increase in the number of PCSOs in the Scarborough area.

More information is available at the North Yorkshire Police at website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/pcso or by calling 01609 789642. The deadline for applications is Monday next week at 4pm.