TODMORDEN town council will spend up to £21,000 keeping two police community support officers (PCSOs) on the beat.

For the past few years, councillors have funded the two extra PCSOs to work in the town and are full of praise for the service they provide.

As a result, members of the town council’s amenities committee have agreed to renew the agreement with the West Yorkshire Police Authority to keep PCSOs Faye Doughty and Charlotte Stead on the beat in Todmorden for another year.

Coun David O’Neill said: “I think this is one of the best, most worthwhile things that Todmorden town council does.

“The PCSOs really do a good job. Since we have had them, I think it’s helped the town a great deal. It’s been a very good scheme.”

Inspector Allan Raw, from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, is very pleased that the town council has been able to provide funding for another year.

“I’m delighted that the town council have been able to fund it because it secures these PCSOs for Todmorden and means we can continue the good work we are doing, particularly tackling anti-social behaviour.

“We are positive about the work that’s taking place in the town and that should be encouraging for the local community.”

In the past year, PCSO Doughty has been presented with the Divisional Commander’s Commendation and PCSO Stead has been awarded a Certificate of Merit.

Insp Raw said: “Both Faye and Charlotte are delighted that the funding is continuing. They love working in Todmorden and have taken the place to their hearts. They make a really positive contribution to the area.

“PCSOs are an absolutely integral part of neighbourhood policing. They provide visibility and do practical policing.

“They are part of the team and I couldn’t do the job I do without them.”

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