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Community Support Officers: Cleveland

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers within Cleveland police are funded by (a) his Department’s resources, (b) neighbourhood renewal fund resources, (c) new deal for communities resources and (d) local authority resources, broken down by local authority area. (125741)

This information is not collected centrally.

The Home Office is providing £818,000 from the neighbourhood policing fund (NPF) and £812,000 in other PCSO funding to Cleveland in 2006-07. This funding will assist the force in reaching its target of 122 PCSOs by April 2007. All forces are encouraged to seek funding from a variety of sources including their local community safety partners to meet the costs of police community support officers (PCSOs). Police community support officers play a key role within neighbourhood policing teams in improving community safety. Community safety and the reduction of crime and disorder in all of our communities can only be achieved through effective local partnerships, which include the police service and a range of others, including the local authority, housing providers, and representatives of the voluntary and community sectors.