MORE than 50 new PCSOs will be patrolling the streets following a major recruitment campaign by North Yorkshire Police.

The campaign is part of a wider recruitment plan to boost the number of frontline police working across North Yorkshire – as pledged by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, when she raised the precept earlier this year.

Police Community Support Officers (or PCSOs) are paid employees who work alongside warranted police officers.

They take part in neighbourhood patrols, help to tackle anti-social behaviour, provide crime prevention advice and support investigations.

Whilst many people choose to be a PCSO as a permanent career role, others use the position to gain experience before applying to become a warranted officer.

Speaking about the recruitment campaign, Deputy Chief Constable Phil Cain said: “PCSOs are a really important part of the policing family because they have a very direct link with communities, and help to solve the problems that can affect peoples’ quality of life.

The Northern Echo:

North Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Phil Cain

“The increase in the precept has meant we can boost the number of PCSOs we have in our force by 20, which is really positive, and will make a significant different to communities. But added to that we also need to recruit to fill vacancies that have arisen from people retiring or moving into warranted Officer roles.

“Our aim is to recruit 50 PCSOs this year in three intakes."