Shadow Home Secretary Ed Balls MP responding to a statement by the Lancashire Constabulary today that all Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Lancashire have been told their jobs might be disestablished on March 31st 2011 following funding cuts announced in the Spending Review, said:
“This is a really concerning early sign of the impact of the government’s Spending Review on policing in our country.
“The government’s plan to cut police funding by 20 per cent will be impossible to achieve without major cuts to the number of police officers and PCSOs in every part of our country. By failing to fight the corner of the police in the spending review negotiations, the Home Secretary is taking big risks with the safety of the public and our communities.
“PCSOs are valued by the public for the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe and tackling anti-social behaviour. That’s why before the election Labour pledged funding to keep both the 16,000 PCSOs we now have and the record number of police officers.”