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Community Support Officers

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

13. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences have been dealt with by community support officers in Halifax since 2005. (114687)

Although the Home Office does not collect data on offences dealt with at individual officer level, we do measure offences brought to justice and sanction detections through the Police Performance Assessment Framework. In the most recent assessment (for 2005-06), West Yorkshire police achieved an excellent rating for investigating crime.

Police community support officers (PCSOs) are important members of Neighbourhood Policing teams, providing reassurance through strong community engagement and high visibility policing. They deal with issues that the local community identify as their priority such as low level crime and antisocial behaviour.