Cleveland Police seeks 'vital' support officers

"Vital" police community support officers (PCSOs) and special constables are being recruited by a police force.

Cleveland Police said additional funding from the police and crime commissioner would pay for 34 extra posts this year and next.

Twenty special constables and 15 PCSOs were hired last year.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said they "play a vital role" in keeping neighbourhoods safe and it was "a demanding but hugely rewarding" job.

Police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger said the investment showed a "continuing commitment to neighbourhood policing".

The new recruits will work alongside regular police officers and be a "visible point of contact for residents", the force said.

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