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Frinton: Furious councillors fight to keep their PCSOs
10:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
FURIOUS town councillors are battling to keep their PCSOs in Frinton and Walton.
Members of Frinton and Walton Town Council were visited by a Tendring District Commander at Essex Police Cat Barrie.
They were told some of their community support officers could be lost to other areas.
The police force is set to redistribute the officers covering Frinton and Walton to cover maternity leave and retirements elsewhere in the district.
No new officers will be recruited to fill the gaps due to budget-enforced cutbacks.
But Frinton and Walton Town Council part-funds its eight PCSOs and councillors say they will fight to keep them.
Frinton councillor Terry Allen said: “We had problems a few years ago and the people put their hands in their pockets. We took the initiative and we have low crime rates here because of that.
“But we shouldn’t accept this and I think we need to do everything we can to fight it and keep our officers.
“We are talking about the well-being, peace and tranquillity of all our residents, and we are not willing to see our police force decimated like this."
Councillors resolved to fight the police move by contacting the home secretary, as well as police and crime commissioner Nick Alston and local MPs Douglas Carswell and Bernard Jenkin.