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Community Support Officers

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recruitment and retention of police community support officers. (143035)

The target of 16,000 new police community support officers employed by forces by the end of April 2007 has been achieved. This met the very challenging target set out in the 2006 Budget, requiring in total almost a doubling in the numbers of PCSOs over a seven-month period. This represents a considerable achievement for forces.