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Police Community Support Officers

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what steps he plans to take to enable the Police Service of Northern Ireland to recruit police community support officers; (290680)

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of the deployment of police community support officers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

The PSNI is committed to working with the community to deliver an effective, efficient and impartial policing service. The Chief Constable, Northern Ireland Policing Board and I are all agreed that police community support officers have an important role to play alongside police and other support staff in making communities safer and providing public reassurance on areas of local 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.