More support officers on patrol

PUBLISHED: 11:07 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

DOUBLE the number of Pcsos are on the county s streets compared to a year ago. Almost 250 of the Government s new-style officers - nicknamed Blunkett s bobbies - had been recruited by Hertfordshire Constabulary as of September last year. The figures, re

DOUBLE the number of Pcsos are on the county's streets compared to a year ago.

Almost 250 of the Government's new-style officers - nicknamed 'Blunkett's bobbies' - had been recruited by Hertfordshire Constabulary as of September last year.

The figures, revealed in a new Home Office report, show a rise of 50 per cent on the same month in 2006.

The report, published on Thursday, also showed that regular police officers remain at record levels in the county, at 2,198, putting Herts above the national increase in numbers.

Police authority chairman Ian Laidlaw-Dickson said: "The police authority has recognised the need to invest to maintain effective levels of police officers, Pcsos, specials and police staff in Hertfordshire and we constantly monitor and challenge the constabulary to ensure that they are used efficiently and effectively.

"We believe that the lower levels of crime we enjoy in our county, and the recent falls in recorded crime numbers, demonstrate that policing in Herts is constantly improving."

Pcsos, who have limited powers, were introduced in 2002 by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett.

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