to boost presence in Burnham-On-Sea area with new PCSOs
higher-profile Police presence is set to be introduced on the streets
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge as part of a raft of changes, it
has emerged this week.
Police Sergeant for Sedgemoor, Joe Piscina, told town councillors
at a meeting on Monday evening (October 1st) that new Police Community
Support Officers (PCSOs) are being recruited by the force for the
changes are taking place that will see the PCSOs working a lot more
closely with officers locally. It means that when a problem occurrs
we will be able to quickly target them," he said.
if we see a spike in the anti-social behaviour in part of the Burnham
area, or a large encampment of travellers, we can send resources
directly to the scene."
pictured, added: "We are battling austerity but by looking
closely at the budgets, a recruitment drive has been possible. We
will get Police into the areas where they are needed."
added: "Areas that have suffered with cutbacks in recent years
will see an increase in patrols."
councillor Janet Keen said: "This is very welcome news - any
increase in police is good news."
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens recently said: "PCSOs
make a real difference to our communities by working to tackle the
crimes and anti-social behaviour issues that matter to local people.
They help promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime
with their proactive and visible presence."
policing is at the heart of our communities and is essential to
ensuring Avon and Somerset remains a safe place to live and work.
Local people continually tell me how much their local neighbourhood
policing teams, which include PCSOs, mean to them. Its also
the reason I am committed to protecting neighbourhood policing numbers."