I am really disappointed with this announcement. PCSOs are a real asset to our communities. They help to cut crime and to make people feel safe. I am really concerned that the reduction in numbers will result in PCSOs being taken out of the Borough of Broxtowe and put into Nottingham City with the argument that crime is higher in the city.
I hope that the PCC will involve residents from across Nottinghamshire in any review of neighbourhood policing, so that residents views can be heard.
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to get rid of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and replace it with a committee of councillors and lay members.
The cost of the PCCs Office each year is estimated at £1,000,000. I personally believe that this money would be better spent on front line policing, and I am sure this is a view that many members of the public share.