THE FIRST MINISTER Mark Drakeford and the Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt have announced funding that will bring an additional 100 PCSOs across Wales.

This funding will assist South Wales Police in recruiting new aspiring PCSOs who provide that vital link between the community and the police service, making sure everyone has the support they need.

Welcoming the news Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said: “PCSOs strive to make our communities safer and stronger by the part the play and their visible presence helps to inspire confidence. That is why I am absolutely delighted that Welsh Government ministers have moved so quickly to implement their manifesto commitment to 100 additional PCSOs across Wales, in addition to the 500 they already fund. 

“Their financial commitment enables the four Welsh forces to press ahead with the additional recruitment and to restore and enhance this important frontline resource in each of our communities at the same time as tackling the competing demands of tackling violent crime, drugs-related exploitation, domestic violence and abuse and internet-enabled crime. 

“Just as in Wales we worked together to combat Covid-19 we will now work together to protect vulnerable people from the threats and harm that are faced by every community.”

The work of a PCSO directly supports frontline policing by working on issues that really affect local communities. Things like stopping speeding outside our schools, reporting vandalism and reducing anti-social behaviour.

For those interested in learning more about the challenges and rewards of the role, please visit https://www.south-wales.police.uk/police-forces/south-wales-police/areas/careers/careers/police-community-support-officer-pcso/the-pcso-role/