Budleigh set to lose its PCSO as Chantalle leaves after 13 years

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 December 2017

Chantalle Major received a plaque from the Budleigh Salterton Mayor Alan Dent and deputy mayor Tom Wright. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

Chantalle Major received a plaque from the Budleigh Salterton Mayor Alan Dent and deputy mayor Tom Wright. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

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Budleigh Salterton is set to lose its police community support officer in the New Year after Chantalle Major moves on from the position after 13 years.

Budleigh Salterton is set to lose its dedicated police community support officer from next month, it has been announced.

At a town council meeting this week, members were told that current PCSO for the Budleigh area, Chantalle Major, will be leaving her post after more than 13 years on January 8, 2018, to take a role with in alcohol licensing.

From that point, neighbourhood policing in Budleigh and the surrounding area will be covered by a PCSO from Exmouth.

At the meeting, deputy mayor Tom Wright, who represents the council on the police local advisory group in Exmouth, said he was informed of the changes by Exmouth police inspector Antonia Weeks.

He said: “It’s fair to say the police crime commissioner is totally in favour of PCSOs but the situation is that she has a budget, she agrees a police plan with the chief constable and it’s his decision as to how he runs, manages and allocates resources to meet the aims of that plan.”

He also said that the chief constable has decided he needs more full-time officers due to the rise in the reporting of crime.

Cllr Wright added: “They are the officers that if 10 or 11 o’clock at night there is an incident, they’re the people who turn out and investigate.”

The meeting was told how in the last two years the number of PCSOs across Devon and Cornwall has reduced from 360 to 280 – this is expected to decrease further to 150.

After the meeting, Chantalle was presented with a plaque from the town council for her years of service to the town.

“It’s not a decision I have made easily,” she said after the meeting.

“It’s really sad that I am going but its time for a new challenge.

“Its just time to move on and with the jobs being cut I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”

She also thanked residents for their support and backing over the last 13 years.

“I have really enjoyed it and as I live in Budleigh I am never off duty which is more like the traditional bobby used to be.”

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