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Keep PCSOs in Dorset

Despite the ongoing financial cuts and associated impact on police resources, the PCC made a commitment to retain the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) role in Dorset.

PCSOs form a vital part of neighbourhood policing, providing highly visible patrols with the purpose of engaging with and reassuring the public, increasing orderliness in public places and being accessible to communities and partner agencies. PCSOs have a range of designated powers reflective of the role that they perform.

The current Dorset Police structure includes 12 geographical neighbourhood areas; led by an Inspector, underpinned by 59 NPTs. NPTs are usually made up of a combination of Sergeants, Constables and PCSOs. Further information on NPTs and their activity can be accessed via the Dorset Police website and associated social media accounts.

In April 2018, furthering the commitment to neighbourhood policing, Dorset Police introduced a new Police Community Support Investigator (PCSI) role to better meet the demands of modern policing.

A total of 31 PCSIs are based around the county and deal with incidents deemed as posing a lower level of threat, harm and risk, such as criminal damage, shed breaks and vehicle crime.

They record crimes, carry out the initial investigations – such as locating CCTV footage and potential witnesses – take statements and provide reassurance and crime prevention advice to victims.

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