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Community Support Officers

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers (CSOs) operate within Chorley constituency; how many additional CSOs are due to be deployed within Chorley constituency during the course of 2006-07; and what funding has been provided for these additional support officers. (117641)

Chorley is part of the southern (C) division of the Lancashire constabulary.

On 30 June 2006 the southern division had 38 police community support officers (PCSOs). Information on the number of police community support officers in basic command units is collected annually. The deployment of PCSOs to basic command units is an operational matter for the chief constable and within the southern division a matter for the divisional commander.

Lancashire has a target to reach 417 PCSOs in April 2007. For 2006-07 the sum of £5.8 million has been allocated to the police authority towards the cost of Neighbourhood Policing in Lancashire. We have allocated £7.6 million in 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers he expects to be recruited in West Lancashire in each of the next three years. (112304)

The Home Office has provided funding though the Neighbourhood Policing Fund to increase the number of PCSOs in Lancashire to 417 in 2007. Lancashire constabulary will not be expected to increase PCSO numbers further, but will determine the scale of their PCSO work force themselves taking account of local circumstances. It is a matter for the chief constable how PCSOs are deployed across the force area.