£67k allocated for Morecambe’s PCSOs

GRANT: PCSO's funding

GRANT: PCSO's funding

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Funding for PCSOs in Morecambe has been granted for the next year.

Morecambe Town Council has allocated £67,608 from its budget to fund the PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) who patrol the streets and communities alongside regular police officers.

Two PCSOs spotted a violent offender on the run from police on Elkin Drive in Morecambe on Thursday afternoon and detained him until officers arrived. They were instrumental in taking a violent offender off the streets.

Sgt Lindsay Brown

Sgt Lindsay Brown from Morecambe Police said: “The PCSOs are the eyes and ears out there on a day to day basis and they can provide valuable assistance.

“Two PCSOs spotted a violent offender on the run from police on Elkin Drive in Morecambe on Thursday afternoon and detained him until officers arrived. They were instrumental in taking a violent offender off the streets.”

A report from the Police Liaison Group said that since changes in PCSOs’ hours was implemented (meaning they finish at 10pm instead of midnight) there hadn’t been a noticeable increase in problems.

Inspector Kirstie Bank-Lyon told the group that compared to 2012, all reported crimes were down from 1050 to 815. Anti-social behaviour was down from 4.391 reported cases to 3,966 at the same quarter between 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

A major operation took place mid-April to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour in Poulton.

The issue of CCTV was discussed at the annudal meeting, with councillors agreeing that they would approach Lancaster City Council for the second time to view the CCTV control room run by them.