Recruitment of PCSOs (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0465
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you aware that out of an establishment figure of 3,825 PCSOs for London, Met Police figures show that there are already 38 vacant posts and a further 1,100 due to become vacant in the coming year due to promotions. What impact is the current and future shortfall of PCSOs expected to have on crime and safety in London? What action have you taken to address this?

Answer

Answer for Recruitment of PCSOs (1)

Answer for Recruitment of PCSOs (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met Commissioner is conducting an immediate review in to coverage of those PCSO positions. As you rightly point out, the positions are becoming vacant due to promotions. In many cases the PCSOs are in training for about 6 weeks in order to become fully warranted police officers and they will then return to borough policing with new skills. In their absence the Met will recruit new PCSOs and will move employees in to frontline borough policing from back-room functions. The Met will be in a position to announce details of this plan shortly.