Two for the price of one

imgres-1K&C is paying for 41 extra police constables this year to support and boost numbers of community officers. But there is a good deal. The real cost of a police constable is £65,000 a year but the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is currently offering a BOGOF (buy one get one free). Is there a fiddle, shouldn’t we be having 42? In other words, it will cost £32,500 a year to acquire the services of a constable. Cllr Joanna Gardner, cabinet member for Community Safety, IT and Corporate Services, says: “All the evidence says that our investment in PCSOs has been a success, particularly when it comes to providing a visible policing presence, but PCSO (police community support officer) numbers are going into decline and we now have an opportunity to reinvest in full police officers and a different way of working.”


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