A prominent councillor from Clay Country has challenged Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner, to retain Police Community Support Officers in his area.
Cllr Dick Cole, who is also the leader of Mebyon Kernow, was speaking following the publication of the Police and Crime Plan (2017-2020).
This document states that 100 new uniformed officers, 50 civilian investigators and 30 record-takers will be recruited during the next four years.
But more than half of the Police Community Support Officers working across the force area will be “phased out” during this same time period.
Cllr Dick Cole said:
“I was extremely concerned to read that ‘no decision has yet been taken on which communities are likely to lose a PCSO’ but that ‘large towns and cities are expected to see little change.’
“Where does that leave communities, such as the China Clay Area, which do not happen to be a large town or city?
“These officers are the public face of community policing and any loss of PCSOs would have a devastating impact in our area.
“I am asking the Police and Crime Commissioner to confirm that she will not be looking to remove any PCSOs who serve the China Clay Area, so that the key priority in her Plan Connecting Communities and Policing’ through the ‘Local Policing Promise’ will be a reality.”
Cllr Cole has formally written to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez.