Council funding for two PCSOs in Mid Suffolk approved
Plans for two PCSOs to be employed across Mid Suffolk from January have been given unanimous approval.
Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet met on Monday to sign off the proposal to commit £149,200 to fund two PCSOs for two years and their vehicle.
Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk’s Conservative cabinet member for communities, said it came in response to concerns raised by residents about parking enforcement, speeding and low level anti-social behaviour.
The council confirmed the two officers would be utilised across the entire district, but be based out of the Stowmarket safer neighbourhood team office.
Penny Otton, leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group, called for assurances that the officers would be used flexibly across the district.
She also suggested they work in schools to help work with and educate youngsters.
Councillor Andrew Stringer from the Green group added that the working hours needed to be flexible because ‘criminals don’t just work in office hours’.
The officers are due to begin in January.