Get PCSO back on our streets

Councillor Mike Turner deserves praise for persuading the Chief Constable of Sussex Police to visit Hastings.

Your photograph of him with Cllr Turner and local residents in Baird Ward is an immediate historical document as Baird has long lost its police patrols and now even its PCSO too.

We are told this is because we are a ‘Low Crime Area’ and that despite burglaries, theft and anti-social acts, we no longer merit a local policeman, or PCSO.

You quote the Chief Constable saying that ‘none of the cuts we have made have taken a single police constable off response’.

If ‘response’ means that an officer answers a phone at Police HQ in Lewes, then we must believe him. But if it means that we still have a police presence in Baird, then it simply isn’t true; we don’t.

What needs to be asked is ‘How many crimes must we commit before we can have even a PCSO back on our streets?’

Please let us know so we can organise a local effort to meet the quota, as everyone knows that the ‘bobby on the beat’ is the best crime deterrent of all.

That achieved, we can relax secure in the knowledge that Baird really is a low crime area.

Erica Barrett

Chairwoman, Pilot Field Area Residents’ Association

The Ridge

Hastings

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