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100 new PCSOs funded by the Welsh Government

Police Community Support Officers (Image: Welsh Government)

The Welsh Government has announced additional funding to provide one hundred Police Community Support Officers to tackle crime and support communities.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford and the Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt have announced an extra £3.7m for additional PCSOs across Cymru, bringing the total budget to over £22m.

The additional 100 PCSOs brings the total funded by the Welsh Government to 600.

The Welsh Government said that the funding shows the importance that it places on "the values of community, equality and social justice". And that it is "another step forward to ensure strong and safe communities with resources in place to cut crime".

First Minister Mark 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.

“They have played a critical role in responding to the pandemic and I want to pay tribute to their unwavering commitment.

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

Police Community Support Officers work with police officers and share some, but not all of their powers. They provide an important link between their communities and the police service to ensure people have the support they need

Some of the things PCSOs support frontline policing with are stopping speeding outside our schools, reporting vandalism, or reducing anti-social behaviour.

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