Government only doing ‘half the job’ by replacing police officers

UNISON calls for government to replace the thousands of police staff axed since 2010

Police staff now less representative of communities, says UNISON

The proportion of police staff from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME) employed by police forces in England and Wales has fallen dramatically, says UNISON research published today (Wednesday). There has been a drop of nearly a third in the proportion of BME police community support officers (PCSOs), according to an analysis of Home […]

Cutting Suffolk’s police community support officers risks public safety, says UNISON

Plans announced today (Tuesday) to axe more than half of Suffolk’s police community support officers (PCSOs) would put public safety at risk, says UNISON. The proposed cuts by Suffolk Constabulary would see a 78% reduction in the number of PCSOs in the county since 2010, says the union*. UNISON national officer for police and justice […]

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New vision for policing strategy fails to deal with declining workforce, says UNISON

A ten-year strategy launched today (Wednesday) to transform policing does not address the serious decline in staff numbers, according to UNISON. Police Vision 2025, drawn up by police chiefs and commissioners, will fail unless the government pays for more officers to patrol the streets, says the union. Community policing has become much harder to carry […]

May The Force Be With You

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Cutting PCSO numbers has a real cost

Research shows investment in PSCO’s saves the justice system £56 for every £10 invested

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‘Community policing is worth protecting and worth voting for’

UNISON releases latest survey showing effect of policing cuts on community support officers and neighbourhood policing in England and Wales

We must fight this Conservative assault on neighbourhood policing – Sadiq Khan

Labour’s candidate for mayor of London on the important role UNISON members have to play in the forthcoming elections

Giving police volunteers rights to use weapons is a step too far, says UNISON

Controversial new proposals to arm volunteer police community support officers (PCSOs) with CS gas and PAVA spray – due to be discussed later today (Monday) in Parliament – are a step too far, says UNISON. The Policing and Crime Bill, which has its Second Reading today, proposes arming volunteers with chemical agents. UNISON says this […]

UNISON calls for overhaul of the guarding of crime scenes

Vital evidence risks being destroyed because police forces are failing to properly train and protect the support staff who regularly guard crime scenes, says a UNISON report today (Saturday). The report – Out of Sight and Out of Mind – contains the findings of a new survey that says that nearly two thirds (66 per […]

UNISON warns of risk to community policing as cuts bite in Suffolk

Cuts over the last few years mean that community policy in Suffolk is in danger, warns UNISON, launching campaign to defend the service