Meeting with the first wave of recruits to begin their training with Dyfed Powys Police force the Minister highlighted the important role the CSOs will play in their communities.
The Welsh Government is funding an additional 500 CSOs in Wales as one of its top five commitments in its Programme for Government. The Welsh Government has worked closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers Cymru (ACPOC) and Police Authorities of Wales (PAW) to bring the training programme to fruition. Both Gwent and Dyfed Powys began training their first recruits in November with roll out in other forces following closely behind.
Carl Sargeant said,
“The new officers will be a valuable addition to the wider Dyfed Powys police force. They will be a visible presence in their communities, engaging with people, providing reassurance and tackling anti-social behaviour and related criminal activity with partners and community organisations.
“The extra 500 CSOs represent a significant expansion in numbers which will make a real difference to our communities. CSOs are not a replacement for warranted police officers, they are there to complement and support existing police resources. These new officers will build upon the links between police and communities, providing visibility and reassurance.
”I am sure that the new recruits will play their part in their Neighbourhood Policing teams in tackling many issues relating to community safety, including domestic abuse, tackling anti social behaviour, community reassurance and listening to local residents concerns and issues.
“Tackling domestic violence is one of my top priorities and last week I launched the second part of ‘Live Fear Free’ - the Welsh Government’s campaign to help raise awareness and challenge attitudes towards domestic abuse in Wales. I want to ensure that we continue to make progress on this important agenda. The additional CSOs that are coming on stream will provide further support in this area.”
Chief Constable of Dyfed Powys Police Mr Ian Arundale said,
“We welcome the funding from the Welsh Government to recruit more PCSOs. We already know that they provide a valuable service to our residents in our communities. They work with police officers in dedicated neighbourhood police teams to ensure that local concerns and issued that are raised by residents are tackled, where appropriate in conjunction with our partner agencies.”