Decision details

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report outlined a request from Norfolk Constabulary for funding towards the Police Community Support Officers services and related Safer Neighbourhood role.


That Norfolk Constabulary’s request of a contribution of £25,000 towards the Policy Community Support Officers to the Breckland Safer Neighbourhoods be approved and that this will be a one off payment for 2007/08 only from the Council’s Match Funding Reserve.

Reasons for the decision:

(1)    The results of many surveys carried out by Breckland and national surveys clearly demonstrated the public want to see more uniformed officers on the beat and request relevant authorities take actions to reduce crime; the fear of crime and tackle quality of life issues which were important for the wellbeing of the communities.  The project fitted well with the Council’s aims and objectives for statutory obligations under Section 17 of the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act.


(2)    The role of the Police Community Support Officers compliments the Local Authorities enforcement and statutory duties and would assist the Council in meeting its objectives to improve quality of life for all residents.

Alternative options considered:

To support or decline the request for a contribution towards funding the Breckland Police Community Support Officers.

Report author: Steve Knights

Publication date: 07/09/2007

Date of decision: 04/09/2007

Decided at meeting: 04/09/2007 - Cabinet

Effective from: 14/09/2007

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