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Welsh Gov funds 100 more PCSOs

The Welsh government has announced additional funding for an extra 100 PCSOs across Wales.
Published - 27/08/2021 By - Chloe Livadeas

The First Minister Mark Drakeford and the Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt this week announced funding that will bring an additional 100 PCSOs across Wales.

This brings the total number funded by the Welsh Government to 600.

The extra £3.7 million funding for the 100 PCSOs brings the total budget to over £22 million.

Mr Drakeford said: "PCSOs have provided a vital link between neighbourhoods and police services and are recognised for their willingness to become part of their communities."

He said they have played a "critical role" during the pandemic and paid tribute to their "unwavering commitment".

"The PCSOs have continued to step up, providing support and developing innovative ways to keep their communities safe."

Ms Hutt said: "Communities right across Wales have appreciated the vitally important difference that PCSOs make to their neighbourhoods. It’s clear to see that they’ve fast become part of their communities and have ensured that when there is a problem, individuals know their local PCSOs have their best interests at heart."

"Their work to identify and understand local issues has enabled a focus on early intervention, ensuring that local support services can link up and deliver for our communities."

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael welcomed the news.

“PCSOs strive to make our communities safer and stronger by the part the play and their visible presence helps to inspire confidence. That is why I am absolutely delighted that Welsh Government ministers have moved so quickly to implement their manifesto commitment to 100 additional PCSOs across Wales, in addition to the 500 they already fund," he said.

He said their financial commitment allows the four Welsh forces to "press ahead" with the additional recruitment and to "restore and enhance this important frontline resource in each of our communities at the same time as tackling the competing demands of tackling violent crime, drugs-related exploitation, domestic violence and abuse and internet-enabled crime". 

“Just as in Wales we worked together to combat Covid-19 we will now work together to protect vulnerable people from the threats and harm that are faced by every community.”

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