Cambridgeshire Constabulary plans to halve the number of police community support officers (PCSOs), reduce the number of enquiry officers and do away with community safety officers (CSOs) entirely.
We fear this will fundamentally damage Cambridgeshire residents’ relationship with the police service. It will also result in a loss of confidence in Neighbourhood Policing.
PCSOs have spent years building up trust in their communities, providing trusted local support to victims of crime and stopping disputes spiralling out of control.
CSOs offer valuable crime prevention advice for local businesses, elderly and vulnerable people and the wider public.
Enquiry offices are the first point of contact for our county’s most vulnerable residents, particularly those without access to the internet or fleeing domestic violence, but all except Thorpe Wood in Peterborough and Parkside in Cambridge are earmarked for closure leaving rural communities without any points of contact.
At a stroke, Cambridgeshire Constabulary would wipe out the community relationships that modern policing relies upon.
We call on the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner to delay any decision on these cuts until after the PCC elections in May 2021 to allow the next elected commissioner to review the plans upon taking office.
Save our police staff!