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Essex PCC could stop PCSO match funding
9:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
THE Essex Police and Crime Commissioner is looking to stop the PCSO match-funding trend.
Several councils across Essex, including Frinton and Walton Town Council, work with police to match-fund community officers to increase the police presence in their areas.
Essex commissioner Nick Alston says he supports the idea of councils funding officers to help the police.
But he has moved to abolish the idea of match-funding.
He wants a minimum base number of PCSOs agreed on for each area, which would be funded solely by the police.
It would then be up to councils to fund extra community officers if they want them.
Mr Alston said: “I completely support communities wanting to invest in PCSOs. It is a great idea.
“But the accounting can be very complicated when it comes to match funding and I would like to see us move away from that.
“The fact is there is no extra funding in the police budget and in some cases the police are struggling to honour their side of the deal.
“We need to agree a minimum expectation of PCSOs with councils and then if they want more they can pay for it.”