Parish PCSO could get the chop

A VILLAGE‘S Police Community Support Officer could get the chop as it feared it is becoming too expensive for parishioners to pay half the £34,000 cost.

Dedham has had a PCSO on patrol for six years.

But the cost to the parish council has spiralled to £17,000, forcing it to reconsider whether it’s worth it.

Parish Council chairman Sheila Beeton said that was half the parish’s precept. She said: “The arrangement was the council would pay 50 per cent of the cost and that was in 2007.

“This is an issue of value for money because the actual responsibility of a PCSO is limited. The council, in this climate, has to consider whether it is getting value for money.”

The officer is provided by Essex Police Authority, with it paying the other half of the salary.

Mrs Beeton said when the new parish council was elected a year ago, the PCSO’s three-year contract was due for renewal.

But she said three was little “evaluation” data to demonstrate how effective the officer had been.

The new parish council was able to negotiate with the police authority and have the contract renewed for another year, instead of three.

That is nowdue for renewal and a councillor has compiled a report on how effective the PCSO has been in the past 12 months.

Dedham resident Steve White said villagers had reservations. He said: “The council is desperately looking for ways to cut expenditure as are borough and county councils, just as they are looking for ways to make money by introducing parking charges in Dedham.

“They don't see the negatives in this, such as the probable increase in street and nuisance parking.

“The parish council mooted the PCSO cut a few months ago. Its view was ‘we don’t have much crime in Dedham, so why do we need a PCSO'?

“They were rightly savaged for this by several residents who pointed out the council's flawed logic and that almost certainly the reason we don't have much crime is because we have a PCSO.”

! The parish council will meet on Monday, December 9, at 7.30pm, at the Duchy Barn, in Dedham High Street.

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1:12pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Drop the PCSO unless clear proof can be found that the PCSO has actually achieved something. The ones I see are normally swanning around town doing nothing...
Drop the PCSO unless clear proof can be found that the PCSO has actually achieved something. The ones I see are normally swanning around town doing nothing... Jack222

1:23pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Taj says...

Most of the PCSOs do a valuable job unfortunately they don't get the chance to show this to the critics who are often ill-informed negative people waiting to
jump on the band wagon .
Most of the PCSOs do a valuable job unfortunately they don't get the chance to show this to the critics who are often ill-informed negative people waiting to jump on the band wagon . Taj

1:28pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Taj says...

Most of the PCSOs do a valuable job unfortunately they don't get the chance to show this to the critics who are often ill-informed negative people waiting to
jump on the band wagon .I for one feel safer when I see them on patrol and giving out home security advice to householders etc .I havnt seen a policeman out of a car anywhere near where I live this year.
They compliment an ever decreasing stretched police force.
Most of the PCSOs do a valuable job unfortunately they don't get the chance to show this to the critics who are often ill-informed negative people waiting to jump on the band wagon .I for one feel safer when I see them on patrol and giving out home security advice to householders etc .I havnt seen a policeman out of a car anywhere near where I live this year. They compliment an ever decreasing stretched police force. Taj

2:11pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

PCSOs have no real powers and the visual deterrent they provide is not likely to be very effective in sleepy old Dedham. Essex police are paid by all council tax payers to provide policing to every community, so the residents of Dedham should not be expected to pay twice.
PCSOs have no real powers and the visual deterrent they provide is not likely to be very effective in sleepy old Dedham. Essex police are paid by all council tax payers to provide policing to every community, so the residents of Dedham should not be expected to pay twice. Say It As It Is OK?

3:33pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Taj says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
PCSOs have no real powers and the visual deterrent they provide is not likely to be very effective in sleepy old Dedham. Essex police are paid by all council tax payers to provide policing to every community, so the residents of Dedham should not be expected to pay twice.
I am one of the tax payers and I don't mind paying to feel a bit safer ,it is better than spending on many other things that provide even less benefit to the community at large but we are entitled to our own views, ,at the moment anyway..
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: PCSOs have no real powers and the visual deterrent they provide is not likely to be very effective in sleepy old Dedham. Essex police are paid by all council tax payers to provide policing to every community, so the residents of Dedham should not be expected to pay twice.[/p][/quote]I am one of the tax payers and I don't mind paying to feel a bit safer ,it is better than spending on many other things that provide even less benefit to the community at large but we are entitled to our own views, ,at the moment anyway.. Taj

4:51pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Agree, we all are entitled to our opinions.

The main issue is what benefit have residents got from having their very own PCSO? The report says there is little proof they are effective and clearly the powers they have don't instil confidence. I'm sure the majority of residents would not support an increase in their Parish precept to pay for something they already pay in their council taxes but the fairest thing would be residents are given the opportunity to decide rather than have such an increase forced upon them.
Agree, we all are entitled to our opinions. The main issue is what benefit have residents got from having their very own PCSO? The report says there is little proof they are effective and clearly the powers they have don't instil confidence. I'm sure the majority of residents would not support an increase in their Parish precept to pay for something they already pay in their council taxes but the fairest thing would be residents are given the opportunity to decide rather than have such an increase forced upon them. Say It As It Is OK?

5:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Taj says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Agree, we all are entitled to our opinions.

The main issue is what benefit have residents got from having their very own PCSO? The report says there is little proof they are effective and clearly the powers they have don't instil confidence. I'm sure the majority of residents would not support an increase in their Parish precept to pay for something they already pay in their council taxes but the fairest thing would be residents are given the opportunity to decide rather than have such an increase forced upon them.
Cannot argue with letting the residents decide .,Time for bed where I am so I will make this my last contribution on the subject .Looking at the time difference I think you still have a few hours of reading time left ,have a nice evening and keep up the well balanced views
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Agree, we all are entitled to our opinions. The main issue is what benefit have residents got from having their very own PCSO? The report says there is little proof they are effective and clearly the powers they have don't instil confidence. I'm sure the majority of residents would not support an increase in their Parish precept to pay for something they already pay in their council taxes but the fairest thing would be residents are given the opportunity to decide rather than have such an increase forced upon them.[/p][/quote]Cannot argue with letting the residents decide .,Time for bed where I am so I will make this my last contribution on the subject .Looking at the time difference I think you still have a few hours of reading time left ,have a nice evening and keep up the well balanced views Taj

10:32pm Tue 3 Dec 13

25414nora says...

This could be a Cutback too far. At a time when School caretakers are having their working hours cut, and with councils switching of street lights. Now they want to scrap PCSO's. 'Pebbles Kindergarten' nursery school Clacton have just suffered an horrendous break in. Perhaps PCSO's would have made all the difference. Will this prove to be another False Economy?
This could be a Cutback too far. At a time when School caretakers are having their working hours cut, and with councils switching of street lights. Now they want to scrap PCSO's. 'Pebbles Kindergarten' nursery school Clacton have just suffered an horrendous break in. Perhaps PCSO's would have made all the difference. Will this prove to be another False Economy? 25414nora

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