Police intelligence-gathering at risk as PCSO numbers slashed, Labour claims

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CRUCIAL intelligence gathering is at risk because of a huge reduction in neighbourhood cops, Labour claims.

The number of Police Community Support Officers has fallen from 16,918 in 2010 to 9,180 this year.

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The number of PCSOs in Britain has almost halved over the past decade[/caption]

Shadow Home Office Minister Sarah Jones said the Government has “ripped the heart out of neighbourhood policing”.

She added: “This has done huge damage to the vital intelligence gathering work of PCSOs.”


A Government spokesman said: “The deployment of PCSOs is a matter for Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners.”

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