Community Support Officers

Home Department written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide financial assistance to large rural parish councils that receive no regular police patrols to employ community support officers.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Community Support Officers (CSOs) are employed by police authorities, and their deployment is an operational matter for the chief constable. At the end of March there were 6,300 in England and Wales. Funding is being made available over the next three years to assist in the recruitment of 24,000 CSOs by 2008. The investment will help deliver our commitment that by 2008 every area in England and Wales will benefit from a dedicated, visible, accessible and responsive neighbourhood policy team.

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