South Yorkshire PCSOs to be ‘halved’ due to budget cuts warns MP

Sheffield Stock Pic - Community Support Officers patrol the city centre

Sheffield Stock Pic - Community Support Officers patrol the city centre

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The number of PCSOs in the region will be halved over the next five years because of government cuts to police budgets, a South Yorkshire MP has warned.

South Yorkshire Police have been ordered to find £29m in savings before 2017 and Doncaster Central MP, Rosie Winterton has said that cuts to PCSOs will add further pressure to the force.

She said: “I’m worried about the implications of the government’s cuts to police budgets in South Yorkshire.

“The cuts have already resulted in around 400 job losses – the equivalent to the entire force in Doncaster, and more are likely.

“If the number of civilian staff, such as PCSOs, are also reduced, it adds further pressure to uniformed officers and erodes their ability to patrol the streets and fight crime.”

“Policing is under pressure like never before, and it is communities like ours in Doncaster that are paying the price.”

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