Frinton/Walton: Police contract signals D-day for PCSOs

Walton PCSOs on patrol

Walton PCSOs on patrol

First published in News

THE future of policing in Frinton and Walton can finally be decided after a PCSO contract was drawn up by Essex Police.

Frinton and Walton Town Council had been match-funding the six community support officers working in the area.

It paid half of the cost for the officers, with Essex Police footing the rest of the bill.

But the police force decided to scrap all match-funding across the county.

Earlier this year the town council agreed to pay out a whopping £180,000 to fully fund the six PCSOs and keep them in the area.

The deal was dependent on seeing and agreeing a contract on the use of the PCSOs, to be drawn up by Essex Police.

Cops have taken their time with the contracts, but after months of waiting a copy has finally been sent to the town council.

Some council representatives met with a police superintendent yesterday to discuss any issues or concerns with the contract.

It will now be discussed by the town council at its meeting tonight.

A final decision could be made on the full funding of the PCSOs if the contract concerns have been answered satisfactorily by police.

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