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Frinton and Walton fight to keep PCSOs
6:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A TOWN council has promised to fight to keep its PCSOs despite police pressure to redistribute their forces.
Frinton and Walton Town Council match funds eight community support officers in a bid to keep the area well-patrolled and cut down on crime.
But police representatives met with councillors recently to discuss the possibility of some officers being lost.
The Frinton and Walton area is currently operating with six PCSOs – two short of the number it should have.
But they have not been given any reason for the officer absences.
The town council has contacted the police to demand information on when the Walton-based contingent will be at full force again, but has not yet received a reply.
At a council meeting deputy mayor Jack Robertson said: “I can assure everyone we are trying to fight the police to keep all eight of our PCSOs.
“We don’t intend to let the level of policing here go down.”
If the area is left with a PSCO shortfall the town council should receive a refund on some of the cash paid out in match funding for its officers.
And Mr Robertson said the council would consider spending that cash on wardens or security firms to make sure the area is not left short.