South Yorkshire Police

PCSO cuts 'detrimental' to policing - Union

Plans to cut the numbers of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in South Yorkshire and instead recruit police constables will be "detrimental to the overall good policing across the county", a union has claimed.

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There are almost 200 PCSO posts across the county at the moment, but this will drop to 116 following a public consultation, according to South Yorkshire Police.

Instead, more than 100 police officers will be recruited, all of whom will have more powers compared to PCSOs.

But the Unite union says its members who are PCSOs will lose up to £2,500 a year because of changes in shift patterns as a result of the move.

There needs to be a balance between the police with warranted powers of arrest and the important community work the PCSOs do on a daily basis."

Shane SweetingUnite

More bobbies on the beat for South Yorkshire

More police officers will be recruited in South Yorkshire as the force looks to cut the number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

A PCSO and a police officer
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There are almost 200 PCSOs working across the county at the moment, but this will drop to 116 following a public consultation.

PCSOs do not have powers of arrest, cannot interview prisoners or carry out the high-risk tasks of police officers, but were brought in to provide back-up to police forces.

More than 100 police officers will be recruited instead, all of whom will have more powers compared to a PCSO.

It's thought there will be no redundancies, with some PCSOs going on to become PCs and others leaving the force through "natural wastage", South Yorkshire Police said.

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