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Welsh Government awards over £16m for CSOs

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews has announced over £16 million for the continued funding of 500 Community Support Officers.
Wednesday 10 June 2015
Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews meets CSO Neil Crowley and CSO Dan Holloway

The Welsh Government is committed to delivering safe and strong communities in Wales. As part of that commitment, it funds 500 Community Support Officers (CSOs) who are additional to those included in the planned policing levels funded from other sources.

The four Welsh Police Forces and British Transport Police have each been awarded a share of £16.8 million to cover the costs of the additional CSOs in their areas.

Leighton Andrews said:

“This funding represents a significant investment in community safety at a time of unprecedented pressure on public sector budgets, and on police funding in particular.

“Our aim is to make communities safer through reductions in anti-social behaviour and crime, including fear of crime.  The CSOs are highly visible in their communities, engaging with people, providing reassurance and tackling low-level anti-social behaviour.

“They play a pivotal role not only in making our communities safer, but in making them feel safer.”

 

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