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Commitment to retain PCSOs is a victory for everyone who values community policing – Caroline Pidgeon

December 17, 2015 12:18 PM

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the commitment that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe made to her at today's London Assembly Police and Crime Committee that that Police Community Support Officers will be maintained in London and that one Police Constable and one Police Community Support Officer will remain in every ward in every London Borough said:

"This is great news and a huge victory for everyone who values community policing.

"Getting rid of London's Police Community Support Officers would have seen London return to the dark days of remote and inaccessible policing.

"Police Community Support Officers play a crucial role in building up relations and engaging with local communities, including the collection of vital intelligence for effective policing.

"London is a safer place because they exist."