Recruitment of PCSOs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0823
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

By the deadline for answers for February's Mayor's Questions you had not answered my questions on the recruitment freeze affecting PCSOs (question numbers 465/2012 and 466/2012). Do you accept that the need to recruit new PCSOs is an important and urgent priority for the Metropolitan Police given the estimated 1,100 PCSO vacancies due this year? When will the recruitment of new PCSOs begin and the recruitment freeze be ended?

Answer

Answer for Recruitment of PCSOs

Answer for Recruitment of PCSOs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My commitment has never wavered to maintaining the number of PCSOs. The MPS is now actively recruiting PCSOs. The closing date for applications is 26 March and by 9 March, the Met had already received over 3,500 requests for application forms, which is very encouraging.