Funding approved for two new community police officers in Uttlesford

PUBLISHED: 09:29 20 July 2018

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Uttlesford Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by Uttlesford District Council’s cabinet to fund two additional PCSOs.

At a meeting on July 12, the cabinet approved a two-year joint funding agreement with Stansted, Henham and Elsenham to maximise the benefit that a dedicated PCSO would bring to these areas.

A one-year joint funding agreement with Saffron Walden Town Council for a PCSO dedicated to the town was also agreed.

The district council will contribute a 50 per cent share of the PCSO salaries for 2018/19. The match-funding will start on October 1 and will depend on the recruitment of the new officers.

The Liberal Democrat group said that the council’s intention last year to restrict its funding to two existing PCSOs based in Saffron Walden and to support Essex Police in their recruitment drive for police specials was not enough.

Councillor Geoffrey Sell, who first raised the issue, said: “I am very pleased that the council has recognised Liberal Democrat concerns and has acted upon them.”

Councillor Maureen Caton, chairman of Stansted Parish Council, said: “Working with Elsenham and Henham gives us a great opportunity of providing a badly needed additional visible police resource from October.”

The Liberal Democrats said they are confident that the deployment of the additional police community support officers will be successful.

Next year, they will be calling for the programme to be rolled out in communities such as Great Dunmow and Thaxted.

In addition to the PCSO positions, the council has allocated funds for a vehicle for the PSCO to move around Stansted, Henham and Elsenham.

The PCSOs will be recruited and employed by Essex Police on a fixed-term contract, and the police will be responsible for the costs of training.

Councillor Vic Ranger, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “The council already fully funds two PCSOs to work in the district, and this is another excellent initiative and contribution to the community safety partnership and the work that it does in ensuring Uttlesford remains a safe and secure place to live and work.”

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