PCSOs graduate and head for streets of South Wales

on Monday, November 12th, 2012

Extra Police Community Support Officers are heading for the streets of South Wales after graduating from training.

The new Welsh Government funded PCSOs celebrating their graduation. They are stood in rows in their uniform throwing their hats in the air.

The 30 officers are among 500 additional Community Support Officers across Wales being funded by the Welsh Government.

The graduates will now become independent with their own wards across the force including 5 in Swansea, 11 in Cardiff, 7 in the Vale of Glamorgan, 7 in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Merthyr.

Since October 1, 370 PCSOs have either been deployed or are in training. By September 2013 all of the additional Welsh Government funded CSOs are expected to be deployed.

The officers will play a vital role in tackling anti-social behaviour and crime in communities throughout south Wales.

Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities said:

“Our commitment to funding an extra 500 CSOs in Wales is key to our pledge to make our communities safer.

“These new officers are providing a welcome, visible presence in their communities, engaging with local residents and community organisations and providing support and reassurance. As part of Neighbourhood Policing Teams they will help tackle local a range of community safety issues, including anti-social behaviour and related criminal activity.

“The deployment and training of the 500 Welsh Government funded CSOs is well ahead of schedule and I am grateful for police forces in Wales for their support in taking this commitment forward so quickly. Our investment is already delivering benefits to communities across Wales at a much earlier stage. The new officers will be a valuable addition to the wider South Wales police force, building upon the links already established between the police and local communities.”

Assistant Chief Constable Julian Kirby said:

“South Wales Police constantly receives excellent feedback about the added value Police Community Support Officers provide in our communities.

“These additional 206 Welsh Government-funded posts will be a welcomed addition to the frontline. The officers will be an integral part their local policing teams, dealing with the issues that concern the community locally.

“The public want a visible and accessible presence from its police service and the additional officers will assist considerably with this.

“It will also help further to instil a sense of confidence and safety within our communities.”

 

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