More doubts over village police scheme

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Another parish councillor in South Holland has raised doubts about plans for volunteer “village constables” in the county.

Another parish councillor in South Holland has raised doubts about plans for volunteer “village constables” in the county.

Crowland Parish Council vice chairman Ros Knight said more police officers should be put on the streets in place of plans put forward by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick to recruit 1,000 volunteer Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

His plans were slammed as “poorly thought out” by Holbeach Parish Council chairman Peter Savory and like him, Coun Knight highlighted the fact parishioners are already funding the county’s police force through council tax.

She said: “It’s difficult to make detailed comments when we only have an outline of Mr Hardwick’s idea, but the community already pays for policing and we need more police officers rather than PCSOs whose powers are limited.

“Instead of becoming PCSOs, new volunteers could extend the coverage of existing Neighbourhood Watch schemes.”

Coun Knight added that Mr Hardwick will be invited to discuss his idea with Crowland Neighbourhood Panel at a meeting later this year.