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(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.
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
|West Mercia police community support officer strength by basic command unit, 31 March 2010( 1, 2)|
|BCU||Police community support officers (full-time equivalents)|
|Telford and the Wrekin||47|
|(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
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.