streets within months as part of a recruitment drive to increase the
visibility of officers on the beat and tackle anti-social behaviour,
home secretary David Blunkett announced today.
More than half of the forces in England and Wales applied for, and
are to receive, funding from the£19m set aside to kick-start the
introduction of CSOs.
Attending the launch of the Metropolitan Police Service's police
community support officers in London, Mr Blunkett said these officers
are key to the police reform programme and will complement the work
of the record 129,603 police officers in England and Wales. They will
help to bring higher visibility of officers on the beat and tackle
nuisance crime, he added.
Among the 27 forces receiving funding, six have been selected to
pilot detention powers for CSOs, as set out in the Police Reform Act.
These are the Metropolitan Police Service, West Yorkshire,
Lancashire, Devon and Cornwall, Northamptonshire and Gwent.
Mr Blunkett said:
'CSOs will play a complementary role to police officers in tackling
disorder and anti-social behaviour and carrying out routine patrols
to increase visible policing in our communities and provide
reassurance to the public. They will help free up the record 129,603
police officers we have; enabling them to better tackle street
robbery and other serious crime.
'More than half the forces in England and Wales have applied for
these officers demonstrating the commitment there is among the police
for CSOs. The Metropolitan Police Service is leading the way and has
already started training their new CSOs.
Home Office Police Minister John Denham said:
'We are committed to CSOs , the funding being announced today is to
kick-start their introduction over the next year. Further funding
will be made available to forces over the next three years to ensure
CSOs become a firm part of our future policing plans in this country.
'Under the Police Reform Act we agreed to meet concerns about CSOs
having the power of detention by piloting this before making it
available nationally. We feel these powers are essential if CSOs are
to be properly equipped to do their job.
'CSOs are not policing on the cheap. They will not replace police
officers. They are an additional resource aimed at further reducing
crime and the fear of crime and their introduction has been worked up
in close consultation with the Police Service.'
Among the 27 forces who will be introducing CSOs over the coming
months will be:
- Metropolitan Police Service - 500 CSOs based in Central London and
other London Boroughs to undertake security patrols and complement
- Devon and Cornwall - plans to introduce two teams of 10 CSOs in
both rural and urban communities. In the rural town of Honiton,
which has a high elderly population, the CSOs will focus on
reducing the fear of crime. In Truro the emphasis will be on
community regeneration with CSOs working with organisations such as
- Lancashire - the constabulary will deploy up to 72 CSOs across the
force area reinforcing the progress made during the Street Crime
- Greater Manchester - 160 CSOs will be deployed forcewide and
attached to uniformed colleagues. They will be directed to crime
hotspots and areas identified by the Crime Reduction Partnerships.
1. The£19m for CSOs for 2002/3 was announced on May 1st.
2. CSOs are a key part of our Police Reform programme. They will be
police authority employees who will provide a highly visible policing
presence on streets and in neighbourhoods. The Police Reform Act
allows chief officers to give them limited powers to deal with
anti-social behaviour and disorder. This includes a power of
detention for 30 minutes, which will be piloted in 6 areas for the
first two years.
3. The decision whether to appoint CSOs is a matter for individual
chief officers. It is up to Chief Constables and police authorities
to decide whether CSOs are right for the particular force in
question. CSOs will be fully trained for their role and will be
accountable in the same way as police officers. They will be under
the direction and control of the chief officer and subject to the new
police complaints system, when it has been established.
4. Community Support Officers are different to Accredited Community
Safety Officers. Accredited Community Safety Officers will be members
of the extended police family employed by local authorities or the
private sector, such as shopping centre security staff, who already
work closely with the Police. Accreditation under the Police Reform
Act will ensure that the activities of such staff are effectively
5. Community Support Officers are different to Neighbourhood Wardens.
Neighbourhood Wardens are employed by local authorities and housing
associations to provide a uniformed, semi-official presence in a
residential area with the aim of improving quality of life. Street
wardens may be employed by local authorities or other organisations
(sometimes private) and are a newer variation on the warden theme.
6. Last week the home secretary announced record police numbers and a
blueprint to tackle police bureaucracy.
7. Details of the Police Reform Act and wider police reform programme
are published at www.policereform.co.uk. The Police Reform Act and
Explanatory Notes are published at www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk
THIS TABLE SHOULD BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH PRESS RELEASE
258/2002 WHICH WAS ISSUED AT 06.00 HRS, 23 SEPTEMBER 2002
CSOs Bids costing and numbers for Police Forces in England and Wales
Cost 2002-3 CSO Numbers
Avon and Somerset 214,350 12
Cambridgeshire 77,490 6
Cheshire 48,345 6
Cleveland 300,000 40
Devon and Cornwall 153,620 20
Dorset 105,135 6
Durham 113,887 10
Essex 118,735 10
Greater Manchester 1,426,607 160
Gwent 169,029 30
Hertfordshire 161,465 14
Kent 264,418 18
Lancashire 946,477 72
Leicestershire 344,673 25
Lincolnshire 151,175 20
Merseyside 520,000 40
Metropolitan 12,000,000 500
Norfolk 136,002 12
Northamptonshire 270,862 12
Nottinghamshire 222,577 12
South Yorkshire 288,625 12
Surrey 250,000 52
Sussex 251,774 22
Warwickshire 89,772 10
West Mercia 68,789 10
West Yorkshire 534,204 60
Wiltshire 131,666 15
Total 19228011 1,206