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POLICE FED AGAINST PCSO RECRUITMENT DRIVE

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The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has warned against a large increase in recruitment ...
The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has warned against a large increase in recruitment of police community support officers.

The Home Office has launched an advertising campaign with the aim of increasing the number of PCSOs by 10,000.

But Alan Gordon, vice-chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: 'While it is true that we now have a record number of police officers, that will not be sustainable in the future if we continue to recruit vast numbers of PCSOs. Chief officers do not have an endless pot of cash and early indications are that many will employ greater numbers of PCSOs at the expense of police officers.

'The sooner the government is honest about the situation, the sooner we can have a serious public debate about the future of policing. On the one hand they appear to be applying pressure to the independent Police Negotiating Board to reject an agreed pay deal which has operated for police officers for the last 27 years, whilst on the other hand magically producing millions to ensure PCSO numbers are increased to 16,000 by next spring.

'The irony of the situation will not be lost on 141,000 demoralised police officers throughout England and Wales who hear words of praise from the home secretary about our professional handling of the ongoing terrorist situation whilst they are treated with such contempt by the government when it comes to honouring an agreed pay arrangement.'

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