Three more community police support officers needed in Isle of Axholme suggests Crowle councillor
A CALL has been made for the Isle of Axholme to be given three new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
North Lincolnshire Council is funding posts for three years at a cost of almost £400,000 – and councillors and residents say the Isle is in need of a greater crime-fighting presence.
Crowle has suffered at the hands of antisocial behaviour in its Market Place, with market stalls stolen, shop windows and cars damaged and shrubs in special containers uprooted in recent months.
Town councillor Mel Bailey said: "I would urge them to give the Isle serious consideration when it comes to the deployment of the three extra PCSOs.
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"The Isle is an absolutely massive area to cover and I'm not just talking about Crowle.
"We are an easy target because we are rural and there are lots of escape routes – we just haven't got the facilities to be able to cover it."
There is currently one police officer as well as two PCSOs operating in the Isle of Axholme.
Last year, Crowle and Ealand Town Council doubled the number of CCTV cameras in the town in a bid to curb incidents – but despite the cameras rolling, antisocial behaviour is still proving hard to tackle.
Town councillor Ron Stewart said: "I think, pragmatically, if there are three more PCSOs in North Lincolnshire, indirectly we will benefit – our local PCSOs will not have to be dragged into the centre of Scunthorpe whenever there's something big going on. They will be able to concentrate on our own area, so it should be a winning situation for us."
Due to the council funding, Humberside Police has agreed to recruit the extra officers as part of the upcoming intake of PCSOs this month.
The posts will cost £102,948 to set up in 2013/14 (including equipment) and £97,269 per year for a further three years up to March 31, 2016 – a total cost of £394,755.
The new PCSOs will form part of the existing neighbourhood teams, but it is not yet known in which areas they will be deployed.
The posts will initially be funded for three years, although the police will recruit these posts on a full-time contract starting on April 1.
Epworth town councillor Eddie Mardell said: "Obviously, the more PCSOs we have, the less they are spread out, so I would welcome extra PSCOs on the Isle."
Councillor Carl Sherwood, the cabinet member who will sign off the decision on where the officers will go, said: "Presently, no decision has been made, but we have had talks with police and safer neighbourhood teams who have highlighted that Crowle and South Axholme are suffering, so that will be paramount in our decision."