Tough decisions taken mean that there will be no compulsory redundancies for PCSOs
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
announced that there will be no compulsory redundancies of PCSOs.
The news is the result of tough decisions made to drive
efficiencies elsewhere in the organisation, such as the decision to
reduce the number of buildings we own and rent. To safeguard PCSOs
changes to other areas will have to continue because West Midlands
Police is still losing money compared to last year.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
"This announcement follows much hard work from myself with the
Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable. Working together we
have made changes elsewhere in the organisation to be able to
protect PCSOs, who the public value so highly.
"To protect PCSOs we are having to continue with efficiencies
elsewhere, like the number of buildings we own and rent. West
Midlands Police's funding is still going down, that is why we are
having to continue to cut elsewhere to protect our PCSOs.
"The truth is that the pressures on the police are growing, we
are dealing with issues like radicalisation, cyber-crime and child
sexual exploitation in greater numbers than before, and our funding
is still falling. There are still difficult choices to be made in
"Following a sustained and high profile campaign we forced the
Chancellor to think again about police funding, and whilst our
funding has not been protected, we are in a better place than
before. Our successful funding campaign combined with prioritising
elsewhere, means that there will be no compulsory redundancies of
"Protecting PCSOs is a top priority and I have been pressing for
this for some time. My job is to deliver for the public and
everywhere I go people tell me how much they value their PCSOs.
That is why we are protecting them."