The first agreement between the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Wrexham Council is being proposed to enable ongoing Council funding of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) in Wrexham. Previously the agreement has been with the North Wales Police Authority – which was scrapped in favour of the PCC.
Details are given to the current PCSO numbers and funding, with a total of 68 PCSO’s in Wrexham, with 48 part Home Office funded covered by the new agreement and a further 20 Welsh Government
It is proposed that the Council will fund the PCSO’s from 1st April 2013 to March 2016, contributing 25% of the salary costs. £356,150 is budgeted for the coming year. This is continuing the arrangement that has been in place since 2010.
The full agreement is viewable in this PDF on the Council’s website. (Interestingly the full powers of a PCSO are also detailed in the document and are worth a read!)
You can re-read our Live Coverage of the PCC election day here , where the outcome was the current PCC Mr Roddick won with 44% of the votes cast, however that was just 6.8% of the total possible North Wales vote. In Wrexham only 12% of the population voted, with a relatively large (2150) number of spoiled ballot papers.
The agreement is being considered concurrently by the PCC and Chief Constable, as well as Wrexham Council.