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Community Support Officers

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will make a statement on the introduction of police community support officers as recommended by the Patten Report; (208970)

(2) what financial arrangements have been made for the introduction of police community support officers in Northern Ireland;

(3) what the timescale is for the introduction of police community support officers as recommended in the Patten Report.

The evidence from England and Wales is that PCSOs can play an important role, alongside police and other police support staff, in making communities safer and providing public reassurance on local issues of concern.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has received a resource allocation in excess of £1.1 billion for each of the three years of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR07). The timing of the introduction of PCSOs is a matter for the Chief Constable to consider, in consultation with the Policing Board.