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Community Support Officers

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there will be in each London borough under the second funding round in 2003–04; how many were allocated to each London borough in the first round; and if he will make a statement [116748]

The allocation of Community Support Officers (CSOs) within the Metropolitan Police District is a matter for the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. The number of CSOs being allocated to individual Boroughs as a result of each funding round is set out in the table.The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was allocated 500 CSOs in the first funding round, where the Home Office paid for salaries and direct on-costs.They have also been allocated 250 CSOs in the second funding round on the basis that the Home Office will pay 50 per cent. of salaries and direct on-costs. The Commissioner has advised me though that the MPA will fully fund a further 250 CSOs. Their allocation is also included in the table.

BoroughsFunding

round one
Funding round

two and

metropolitan

police authority

funded
Total

allocation to

boroughts
Barking and Dagenham01515
Barnet82230
Bexley02020
Brent101525
Bromley02828
Camden30030
Croydon102131
Baling82129
Enfield91726
Greenwich101020
Hackney11819
Hammersmith and Fulham8715
Haringey11920
Harrow01919
Havering02121
Hillingdon03333
Hounslow03030
Islington10616
Kensington and Chelsea30030
Kingston-upon-Thames01313
Lambeth21930
Lewisham101323
Merton01717
Newham40343
Redbridge02222
Richmond-upon-Thames01616
Southwark14923
Sutton01717
Tower Hamlets201838
Waltham Forest02020
Wandsworth02525
Westminster20017217
Heathrow40040
Total50050111,001
1Table shows 1,001 due to rounding up adjustments and part-

time posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Community Support Officers in assisting police forces. [116873]

More than 1,300 Community Support Officers (CSOs) are currently being deployed by police forces throughout England and Wales. We have already received a good deal of anecdotal information from a wide variety of sources that CSOs are having a positive effect in their communities by providing a visible and reassuring policing presence.

The money given to each police force includes an element for evaluation and forces are due to send us their initial findings by the end of September.