Recruitment of PCSOs (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0466
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At the second meeting of the Assembly Police and Crime Committee, the Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe gave an assurance that recruitment would be undertaken to ensure that PCSO numbers would be maintained at their establishment level. However it is currently the case that no new applications for PCSOs are being accepted. When will PCSO recruitment be re-started? When will the required 1,100 new PCSOs be deployed?

Answer

Answer for Recruitment of PCSOs (2)

Answer for Recruitment of PCSOs (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Preparations are underway for the recruitment of new PCSOs and the Met will be in a position to announce details on this shortly. The PCSO vacancies have come about largely because we are upgrading many of the existing PCSOs to become fully warranted police officers. We have held off recruiting until we were sure of the Budget for 2012-13, but now that I have secured an additional £90m in funding from the Home Office for the police service, we can with confidence begin recruiting shortly.