Police boss defends CSO recruitment drive

Warrington Guardian: Police boss defends CSO recruitment drive Police boss defends CSO recruitment drive

JOHN Dwyer has defended the decision to launch a recruitment drive at the same time nearly 100 police officers are due to be cut.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commisioner has authorised the recruitment of 15 community support officers.

The jobs are being offered despite Mr Dwyer already announcing plans to axe 97 regular police, as revealed in the Warrington Guardian.

He said the recruitment of CSOs had already been budgeted for, before frontline cuts were announced.

“We have a medium term financial strategy which sets our plans for the next three to four years,” said Mr Dwyer.

“Those plans include the recruitment of those CSOs during 2014.

“The key to this is planning for the future.

“Those plans are in place and give us the focus for everything we do.”

Mr Dwyer believes residents want to see the numbers of community officers maintained at the current level of 222 across the county.

“This recruitment program will allow us to do that,” said Mr Dwyer.

“In a recent survey, the public told us that they really appreciate the work that CSOs do in the community.

“They are a familiar face on the street and interact on a regular basis with people, building confidence in the police.

“This positive relationship encourages people to work with CSOs.”

Simon Roberts, chairman of Cheshire Police Federation, said he is more worried by overall cuts to staff.

He said: “The bigger concern is that the overall number of the force, CSOs and uniform officers, is in decline.

“The reality is that officers numbers aren’t going to increase in the short term.

“My reticence will come that if CSOs are given more powers, we are blurring the lines between there role and that of police officers.

“My concern would be if they were to replace police officer but that isn’t the case at the minute in Cheshire.

“As a neighbourhood officer my experience is people aren’t worried about the difference between a CSO and police officer.

“They want to see a uniform on the street.”

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12:22pm Tue 31 Dec 13

MikeJT says...

Well if nothing else, at least he's beginning to sound like the political puppet that he has become.
Well if nothing else, at least he's beginning to sound like the political puppet that he has become. MikeJT

1:03pm Tue 31 Dec 13

SickAndTired2 says...

Paving the way for he criminally corrupt G4S privatised police force.
Paving the way for he criminally corrupt G4S privatised police force. SickAndTired2

5:05pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Karlar says...

No disrespect to PCSOs who do a a good job in difficult circumstances. Joe Public wants to see real live Policemen patrolling our streets not cheaper uniformed substitutes with a limited remit, who streetwise criminals know how to deal with. Now the true facts on how crime has previously been recorded show crime is actually on the increase, please stop the political spin Mr Dwyer, it convinces no one, and do what you said you are paid to do. If this report is true all you are proposing is to maintain the current numbers of PCSOs and reduce the number of PCs.
No disrespect to PCSOs who do a a good job in difficult circumstances. Joe Public wants to see real live Policemen patrolling our streets not cheaper uniformed substitutes with a limited remit, who streetwise criminals know how to deal with. Now the true facts on how crime has previously been recorded show crime is actually on the increase, please stop the political spin Mr Dwyer, it convinces no one, and do what you said you are paid to do. If this report is true all you are proposing is to maintain the current numbers of PCSOs and reduce the number of PCs. Karlar

7:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

old-codger says...

Karlar says...
If this report is true all you are proposing is to maintain the current numbers of PCSOs and reduce the number of PCs.

That's the top and bottom of it karlar, its all a load of political crap,
Karlar says... If this report is true all you are proposing is to maintain the current numbers of PCSOs and reduce the number of PCs. That's the top and bottom of it karlar, its all a load of political crap, old-codger

5:26pm Wed 1 Jan 14

grey_man says...

Hopefully this makes it absolutely crystal clear that the position of PCC is primarily a political one. It has little to do with policing.
Hopefully this makes it absolutely crystal clear that the position of PCC is primarily a political one. It has little to do with policing. grey_man

7:44pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Karlar says...

grey_man wrote:
Hopefully this makes it absolutely crystal clear that the position of PCC is primarily a political one. It has little to do with policing.
You and I plus many others knew it was clear from the outset PCCs were political posts or pests foist upon the electorate and which had nothing to do with improving policing per se. Trouble is they will continue to be a drain on the public purse before they finally realize what a waste of time and space PCCs really are.
[quote][p][bold]grey_man[/bold] wrote: Hopefully this makes it absolutely crystal clear that the position of PCC is primarily a political one. It has little to do with policing.[/p][/quote]You and I plus many others knew it was clear from the outset PCCs were political posts or pests foist upon the electorate and which had nothing to do with improving policing per se. Trouble is they will continue to be a drain on the public purse before they finally realize what a waste of time and space PCCs really are. Karlar

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