Council chiefs have reiterated the importance of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) to the Notts Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner this week.
Chris Cutland visited Worksop on Monday 6th July and was accompanied by Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, Coun Josie Potts and Inspector Neil Bellamy.
The Guardian were invited along as the deputy commissioner was shown around Worksop, including visits to Rhodesia and Manton.
Ms Cutland said: “I was delighted to be taken round by a team of people including two very knowledgeable PCSOs and a lot was learned about the huge variation in crimes and public protection in Worksop.”
“One of the issues that did come up was the potential loss of PCSOs and upon meeting the public I could see how much they are valued. However, like every public service, the police have already lost a considerable amount of funding and will lose more in the future and therefore it is difficult to see how PCSOs won’t be affected.”
Notts Police and Crime and Commissioner earlier this year announced that around 70 PCSOs will be cut across the county, with Worksop losing around eight.
Mr Tipping has confirmed the ‘regrettable’ cuts to PCSOs will be made to save around £2.8m. The force aims to reduce spending by £12m this year.
Coun Gilfoyle for Worksop East told the Guardian: “It is important that we let the Police and Crime Commissioner and the deputy know the problems that we have within the locality and what we are doing about it. And also to say that we don’t want any reduction in PCSOs because there is clearly a need.”