PCSOs in fund threat

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THERE may be three fewer PCSOs on pa­trol in Bucks if rec­om­men­da­tions to the county coun­cil go ahead.

The cab­i­net has rec­om­mended £100,000 to be cut from PCSO fund­ing in the 2015/16 bud­get, with a view to cease all of its £260,000 of fund­ing for the of­fi­cers in the fu­ture.

The to­tal spend on PCSOs in Bucks is £600,000 and pays for 18 of­fi­cers. Half of the funds come from the po­lice while £40,000 comes from the dis­trict coun­cils.

There will be a re­duc­tion of three PCSOs if the cab­i­net’s rec­om­men­da­tions are ap­proved.

Coun­cil spokesman Gra­ham Skeggs said: “It is BCC’s long-term in­ten­tion to cease fund­ing PCSOs al­to­gether, though a fi­nal decision is yet to be made on the amounts of the re­duc­tion.”

The first scru­tiny com­mit­tee look­ing into the cab­i­net’s bud­get pro­pos­als for 2015/16 was held on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 16. The fi­nal pro­posal will be taken to full coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

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