Support for call to save city PCSOs

February 01 2013

Bishopston’s councillors are backing a bid to save 32 of the city’s police community support officers.

Support for call to save city PCSOs

Bishopston’s councillors are backing a bid to save 32 of the city’s police community support officers.

The roles, which are funded by the council, are under threat in the proposed £35 million budget cuts revealed by mayor George Ferguson. Bristol has another 80 PCSOs who are funded by the police.

Bristol Lib Dem leader Councillor Tim Kent is now urging the mayor to consider seeking support from police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens to fund 12 of the roles while the city council continues to fund 20.

This would mean the authority would have to find £300,000, which the Lib Dems suggest could come from the Housing Revenue Account, to recognise the positive contribution PCSOs make to life in the city’s homes, as well as savings on energy use for street lighting and a service review in the council’s neighbourhood and communities team.

Bishopston Liberal Democrat councillors Bev Knott and David Willingham said they support Mr Kent’s proposal, adding that the party had supported the PCSO project from the beginning.

Mr Knott said: “At present we have just the one police officer for the whole of Bishopston, in population the size of a small town, but he is ably assisted by PCSO David Said, who is frequently to be seen on our streets and public areas.” 

An online petition to save the PCSOs’ roles has been created at www.saveourpcsos.com.