Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet approved this week, funding for two Police Community Support Officers to work in partnership with Suffolk Constabulary to help tackle community concerns and build a stronger police presence across the district.
The extra policing resource will help deal with ongoing concerns from Town & Parish Councils, local businesses and residents calling for greater enforcement of parking infringements, help with dealing with and preventing anti-social behaviour, as well as support for vulnerable people. This provision will be over and above existing core Police Community Support Officer capacity funded by Suffolk Police.
£149,200 of funding has been approved by the Council which will fund two PCSOs over a two-year period.
Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“Antisocial behaviour, speeding and inconsiderate parking are some of the most common issues that communities face, which is why we approved the proposal to employ extra PCSOs across Mid Suffolk. We understand the pressures the police are under to focus on more serious crimes, so it’s important that we do this to improve quality of life for people in our district.”
Suffolk Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable, Rachel Kearton, said:
“PCSOs remain an important part of our revised Suffolk policing model. These two PCSOs fully funded by Mid Suffolk District Council will allow for strong relationships to continue to be built with partner agencies and enable our important work on intervention and problem-solving initiatives to the benefit of local people to progress.”
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said:
“PCSOs have a great reputation with our communities right across the county and they are key part of the policing family in the county.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to work with Mid Suffolk District Council to provide these two partner-funded PCSOs. They will cover the whole of the Mid Suffolk area and will complement the work being carried out by the Constabulary in the county.
“I am particularly grateful to Mid Suffolk District Council for their support with this initiative when all of us are under such financial pressure – it is a huge help.”