Southwark PCSOs saved from the axe

Admin (14 January, 2016) Crime

In September it was proposed the borough could lose all of its 33 PCSOs in one fell swoop

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Southwark police community support officers are not so blue after hearing their jobs have been saved.

In September it was proposed the borough could lose all of its 33 PCSOs in one fell swoop of cuts to neighbourhood policing.

Met police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed that PCSOs will be maintained across London and at least one Police Constable and one Police Community Support Officer will remain in every ward in every London borough.

The cuts would have come on top of previous reductions in PCSO numbers, in the borough with 110 support officers (or 77 percent) lost from Southwark’s streets since May 2010. Southwark Liberal Democrat Community Safety Spokesperson, Councillor David Hubber, said: “Police Community Support Officers have been serving our neighbourhoods for over thirteen years now.  They play a vital role in acting as eyes and ears in the community and helping to keep our borough safer.

“Southwark Liberal Democrats have kept up the pressure on the Mayor.  We handed in our petition this month signed by thousands of residents calling on him to scrap his pointless council tax cut to allow our PCSOs to continue at current levels.

“It’s great news that the Metropolitan Police have responded to the huge concerns of Southwark residents and we will keep our existing number of PCSOs in the community.”

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