beat goes on

Todmorden town councillors with PCSO David Evans and Sgt Neil Taylor at Todmorden Police Station. Pictured councillors are Richard White, Anne James, Steve Sweeney, Margareta Holmstedt and Joe Rez.
Todmorden town councillors with PCSO David Evans and Sgt Neil Taylor at Todmorden Police Station. Pictured councillors are Richard White, Anne James, Steve Sweeney, Margareta Holmstedt and Joe Rez.

Todmorden Town Council will spend more than £20,000 to keep extra police community support officers (PCSOs) on the beat.

At last week’s full town council meeting, members agreed to renew the contract with West Yorkshire Police Authority to part-fund two additional PCSOs to cover the Todmorden area for another year.

Coun Jayne Booth said: “They do a great job and are an asset to the town and policing in general.

“It is a great benefit to the town to work in partnership with the police.”

The town council has part-funded extra PCSOs in Todmorden for the past few years as part of a Government scheme.

Coun Margareta Holmstedt said: “The place has been much calmer over the last three or four years since we have had these PCSOs.

“They have been very much appreciated.

“I see them all over Todmorden.

“I’m totally convinced that it makes a big difference.

“I think that people are generally quite pleased to have them here and I’m absolutely certain it has improved the general feeling of safety in the town centre.

“We certainly want to continue with it for as long as we can.”

Coun Anne James said the funding for extra PCSOs was definitely value for money.

“We have a good relationship with the police,” she said.

“I think the PCSOs do a great job. We have a lot to thank them for.

“When they are on patrol, it takes the pressure off and lets the police go off to the more important jobs.

“They do see things when they are on foot, whereas sometimes they might be missed in a patrol car.

“It’s not just good for us. It’s good experience for them too if they want to go further.

“They are keen to get on and want to prove their worth.”

Chris Hardern, Chief Superintendent Divisional Commander for Calderdale Police, said: “Police community support officers play an important part in the work we do in our local communities and I am delighted Todmorden Town Council have agreed to continue to fund two officers for the next year.

“Community confidence is a priority for the Community Safety Partnership and West Yorkshire Police.

“PCSOs are essential to this as they work alongside other partnership resources to help keep communities safe and improve the quality of life for those who work, visit and live in Calderdale.”