Forum bid to save officers

26 february 2008.'Feature on the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Rothwell Police Station.'PCSO's Gilan (correct) Dutton, right, and Amy McClellan on the beat in Rothwell.'For fightback.
26 february 2008.'Feature on the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Rothwell Police Station.'PCSO's Gilan (correct) Dutton, right, and Amy McClellan on the beat in Rothwell.'For fightback.
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The Hucknall First Community Forum (HFCC) has written to the police asking them to reconsider plans to axe 70 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Nottinghamshire.

Seven PCSOs work in the Hucknall area and HFCC councillor John Wilmott said residents had described to him how much they value the officers.

He said: “Residents say it would be a retrograde step as the PCSOs are now part of the community - people respect and treasure them.

“Local people seem to confide in the PCSOs like never before.

“They go regularly to the tenants and residents’ meetings and the friendship meetings - which is marvellous really. They get to know exactly what people think about the service so it’s great. They work very hard and they’re a big asset to the people of Nottinghamshire.”

Last month, Unison (Nottinghamshire Police) handed a 21,152 signature petition opposing the proposed job losses to the police and crime commissioner, Paddy Tipping. The union is calling for an increase in council tax of less than £5 to pay for the PCSOs.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “Every community will still have a neighbourhood team but, under our proposals, it will have a different mix, including officers, PCSOs, Specials, and our partners. Sometimes, we are not the best people to deal with a local issue.

“By changing our model, we can also make sure that our PCSOs are in the places where they are needed most.”