Hailsham council funds police officers

TWO POLICE community support officers costing £61,418 for the year will be continued to be funded by Hailsham Town Council after an agreement was made at a full council meeting on July 13.

Town councillors agreed to renew the annual PCSO contract for the funding of two PCSOs in Hailsham, guaranteeing the town extra officers to work alongside others who are funded directly by the police.

Part of the agreement between the council and the police is that regular meetings are held between both parties to determine the council’s priorities for PCSO actions, including parking enforcement and tickets, street meetings, anti-social behaviour and the patrol locations of each of the two PCSOs.

Councillor Bill Bentley, who has responsibility for emergency services liaison for Hailsham Town Council, said: “PCSOs provide a crucial link between the community and uniformed police officers and have been a positive addition to the local policing team in Hailsham, working closely with the Town Council.”

“We think PCSOs provide an excellent service and, even in these difficult financial times, their presence in the community is important and makes a big impact on us being able to deliver key services to members of the public. That’s what people want to see.”