Call for more PCSOs in our town

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Morley councillors proposed a Leeds City Council wide budget this week, which will include a proposal for additional Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) for the town.

The proposal, which aims to amend the budget proposed by Labour controlled Leeds City Council, will include raising finance to cover an additional 22 PCSOs to be allocated to the outer areas of Leeds, including Morley.

Coun Robert Finnigan said “Leeds City Council’s budget will reduce the number of PCSOs across the city council area.

“Morley is likely to lose up to six PCSOs if their budget is adopted.

“Our amendment will increase the Policing Budget from Leeds City Council to include an additional four or five PCSOs to cover the Greater Morley area.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has received a ring fenced budget and is proposing more police officers following an underspend in this year’s budget.

Coun Judith Elliott said “We have seen crime levels reduce across the Greater Morley area and it is our aim to make sure they stay as low as possible.

“Getting more police officers on our streets will help keep down crime levels.

“I hope we get support from councillors who represent other areas with our proposal.”

Morley town council pays £56,000 for policing, representing 30 per cent of the cost of six PCSOs. Parish and town councils in Drighlington and Gildersome also pay for volunteer officers.