Funding for PCSOs on the beat in town

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Funding for PCSOs in Morecambe has been granted for the next year.

Morecambe Town Council has allocated £67,608 from its budget to fund the PCSOs , who patrol the streets and communities alongside regular police officers.

Sgt Lindsay Brown from Morecambe Police said: “The PCSOs are the eyes and ears out there on a day to day basis and they can provide valuable assistance.

“Two PCSOs spotted a violent offender on the run from police on Elkin Drive in Morecambe on Thursday afternopon and detained him until officers arrived.

“They were instrumental in taking a violent offender off the streets.”

A report from the Police Liaison Group said that since changes in PCSOs hours was implemented (meaning they finished at 10pm instead of midnight), there wasn’t a noticeable increase in problems with crime.

Tactics had been adopted by the police which allowed problems to be addressed more effectively, e.g. the use of resources being drafted from other areas to combat ‘hot spots.’

Inspector Bank-Lyon told the group that compared to 2012, all reported crimes were down from 1050 to 815.

Anti-social behaviour was down from 4.391 reported cases to 3,966 at the same quarter between 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

A major operation took place mid-April to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour in Poulton. The important issue of CCTV was discussed at the annual meeting, with councillors agreeing that they would approach Lancaster City Council for the second time to view the CCTV control room run by them.

Statistics of crimes resolved due to the evidence provided by CCTV footage was not recorded, said Inspector Banks-Lyon. although CCTV footage was sometimes used in evidence. Labour ward councillor Janice Hanson said: “I attended the Morecambe BID event and a survey of sho-pkeepers revealed that more CCTV cameras in Morecambe was high on the agenda.

“Top of the list was money should be spent on CCTV and more policing.” Councillors agreed to look at the funding of CCTV cameras at the next meeting of the town council.