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Statement on Bristol PCSO funding

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Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Communities hold their PCSOs in high regard and their work is invaluable for community safety and policing.

"Residents always tell me that PCSOs are a great asset to their local area and I do hope that Bristol City Council think long and hard before making any cuts to PCSO funding.”

Avon & Somerset Deputy District Commander, Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford said: “We recognise the financial difficulties faced by Bristol City Council and our other partners. We too have similar financial challenges. 

“PCSOs do a wonderful job within our neighbourhood beat teams and our local communities.  They play a crucial part in the very strong neighbourhood delivery teams we have built with Bristol City Council to tackle community concerns about anti-social behaviour and local crime.

“We understand that this news will be a concern to them and are endeavouring to contact every PCSO in Bristol to reassure them of their value. 

“Following the announcement today, we are looking at our own plans and working with the PCC.  At the moment, there is nothing to suggest we will need to make redundancies within Bristol."

 

Posted on Monday 7th January 2013
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