Training set to begin for new council-funded police community support officer
PUBLISHED: 08:31 04 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:36 04 January 2019
The council-funded PCSO for Elsenham, Henham and Stansted has been recruited and the officer is expected to take up the position in March.
Working in partnership with town and parish councils, Uttlesford District Council (UDC) is match funding two new PCSOs.
One of the officers will be working in the parishes of Stansted, Henham and Elsenham and the other will be working across the Saffron Walden town wards.
Concern about crime prompted councils to explore the possibility of funding a dedicated PCSO for the Saffron Walden and nearby villages in the middle of last year.
Councillor Geoffrey Sell, Liberal Democrat councillor for Stansted said: “This was an initiative I have been pursuing for some time and I am glad that it is now coming to fruition. The need for extra police resources to cope with an increasing population and increasing level of crime still remains.”
At a meeting on July 12, the UDC cabinet approved a two-year joint funding agreement with Stansted, Henham and Elsenham councils 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 PCSOs will be based at the police base in Saffron Walden for start and finish of duty, but will otherwise be patrolling out in the areas.
UDC has been informed by Essex Police that the police community support officer for Stansted, Elsenham and Henham has been recruited.
The next training course for recruits is due to start on the January 28 and lasts six weeks. They will then spend time with their police teams getting to know the procedures and the district and should be officially starting in March.
Half of the PCSO’s time will be spent in Stansted and the remainder in Elsenham and Henham and UDC will be providing a car.
A spokesman for UDC said: “We can confirm that Essex Police have advised us that a PCSO for Stansted, Elsenham, and Henham has been recruited and subject to their completion of training will be on the streets in the new year.”