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Uttlesford District Council has stepped up its commitment to community safety after agreeing to part-fund two additional Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) for the district.

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At a meeting on Thursday 12 July, the Cabinet approved:

  • a two-year joint funding agreement with the Stansted, Henham and Elsenham cluster to maximise the benefit that a dedicated PCSO would bring to these areas; and
  • a one-year joint funding agreement with Saffron Walden Town Council for a PCSO dedicated to the town

The district council will contribute a 50% share of the PCSO salaries for 2018/19. The match-funding will not start until 1 October 2018, and will depend on the recruitment of the new officers.

In addition, the council has allocated funds for a vehicle for the PSCO to move around the Stansted, Henham and Elsenham cluster.

The PCSOs will be recruited and employed by Essex Police on a fixed-term contract, and the police will be responsible for the costs of training.

Cllr Vic Ranger, Cabinet Member for Communities & Partnerships, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to work in association with the police and the parishes to provide these extra PCSOs. They will be a visible uniformed presence in the area, help to tackle the low-level crime and anti-social behaviour that impacts on communities, and provide reassurance for our residents.

"The council already fully funds two PCSOs to work in the district, and this is another excellent initiative and contribution to the Community Safety Partnership and the work that it does in ensuring Uttlesford remains a safe and secure place to live and work."

18 July 2018