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Shadow policing minister urges Norfolk Constabulary to rethink axing PCSOs

PUBLISHED: 16:35 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 09 November 2017

A PCSO keeping his eye out for illegal parkers in Dussindale. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A PCSO keeping his eye out for illegal parkers in Dussindale. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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The shadow minister of state for policing has urged bosses at Norfolk Constabulary to think again about plans to axe all its Police Community Support Officers.

Proposals announced by the Norfolk force include axing all 
150 PCSOs, closing seven stations and shutting front desks to the public as part of plans to save £2m a year.

Speaking during a debate on community policing at Westminster, Louise Haigh, shadow minister of state for policing, said neighbourhood policing was fundamental to the policing model/

She said: “Other police forces across the country looked on in horror as Norfolk announced that it would be abolishing every single one of its police community support officers in the new year.”

The Sheffield Heeley MP asked whether it was appropriate for such a major change to a police force to happen without consultation?

She said: “It sets a dangerous precedent for changes to other forces.”

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