Issued: November 26, 2015
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council committed to funding PCSO
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council remains committed to funding a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) even though it did not receive a favourable response when it raised the issue with Essex Police last year.
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Chairman councillor Aniket Patel told Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, at the recent Epping Forest District Council Local Councils’ Liaison Committee, that the parish council had offered to fund a PCSO in discussions with Essex Police last year.
He said the reason the offer was rejected at that time was because of the uncertainty nationwide surrounding the future of PCSOs.
Now that it has emerged that 190 PCSO posts across Essex are to be lost, the parish council wants to re-engage with Essex Police about funding a PCSO for Buckhurst Hill.
Cllr Patel said: “We still want to recruit our own PCSO for our parish, deployed for the parish. We are very committed to take this forward. Instead of making them redundant we will take one (PCSO) on.”
Mr Alston, who said the number of PCSOs across Essex was being cut from 250 to 60, said Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh was “entirely open” to parish councils funding their own PCSO and highlighted Frinton and Walton which is currently funding six officers.
“The Chief Constable is very clear that that option remains open,” Mr Alston said.
District Commander Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey said she was “more than happy to have that conversation with the parish council”.
Cllr Patel and parish clerk Kevin o'Brien are to meet with Denise Morrissey next week.