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Police: Shropshire

Home Department written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what plans her Department has for the future budget allocation for the recruitment and retention of police community support officers in the West Mercia police;

(2) how many community police officers were assigned to duties in Redditch constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

Information at constituency level is not held centrally. The following table shows police community support officer strength for the West Mercia police force by basic command unit, as at 31 March 2010.

West Mercia police community support officer strength by basic command unit, 31 March 2010( 1, 2)
BCU Police community support officers (full-time equivalents)
Hereford 37
North Worcestershire 57
Shropshire 80
South Worcestershire 59
Telford and the Wrekin 47
Central Services 0
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(1) These figures are based on full-time equivalents that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures include those officers on career breaks and maternity/paternity leave.

(2) Source-Home Office using data received from police forces via the Annual Data Requirement.

The Government announced on 13 December 2010 as part of the police funding settlement that, in recognition of the essential role police community support officers (PCSOs) play, the Neighbourhood Policing Fund will be maintained over the next two years, before being devolved to police and crime commissioners.

About 90% of the grant is ring-fenced for PCSOs, contributing up to 75% of their salary costs.

Decisions on the recruitment and retention of PCSOs are a matter for the chief constable of West Mercia police and the police authority.

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