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Home Department written question – answered on 3rd May 2006.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on police 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

We do not track and compile all correspondence on this subject. A number of bodies replied last summer to our public consultation on proposals to establish a standard set of powers. Our response was published on the Home Office website on 18 January at:

Correspondence both then and over the autumn with the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities concerned funding for community support officers. More recently, this has been raised again in the light of the Budget Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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Mike Carver
Posted on 5 May 2006 2:36 pm (Report this annotation)

With the current rising crime levels, what we need is more fully-trained police on the streets, not toothless community support officers.

As crime increases, the cost of law enforcement must also increase otherwise things will only get worse and criminals will continue to be the winners.