Exmouth set for more police officers, but fewer PCSOs

PUBLISHED: 09:28 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:24 16 June 2017

Exmouth Police Station

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Exmouth is set to get extra police officers, the town’s top cop has said.

Inspector Antonia Weeks told Monday’s Exmouth Town Council meeting that she was expecting new officers to join her team by the end of this year.

However, the number of PCSOs is set to fall, as PCSOs who leave the force will not be replaced.

Inspector Weeks said: “We have, over the last six to 12 months, been quite challenged on police resources across my area for various reasons - some financial, some because of the life cycle of staff - but we’re going to see another increase in resources towards the end of this year, with four to six police officers joining us here at Exmouth.

“That might not seem like a lot – actually it is.”

Regarding PCSOs, Inspector Weeks said Devon and Cornwall Police was looking at reducing the number of PCSOs, while it increased the number of police officers.

She added: “I’m led to believe there will not be redundancies and they will look to reduce the number of PCSOs over a period of probably four years.

“You have seen a small reduction in PCSO numbers in Exmouth, mainly due to natural wastage. If a PCSO leaves now they won’t be replaced at this moment in time, so we are looking at how we can absorb that loss and still deliver a service to you.”

During the meeting, Inspector Weeks also responded to councillors’ questions on a wide range of policing subjects, including that of ‘boy racers’ on the seafront, on which she said police were still working on the idea of a community speedwatch scheme being set up.

Inspector quizzed about parking on pavements, police cells and terrorism risk – see page 13


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