Today the council has announced that an additional 50 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will be hired in Ealing subject to an agreement between Ealing Council and the Metropolitan Police Service being finalised, see press release.
Apparently, the council is finalising the details of a £2 million investment programme over two years to fund the extra PCSOs. The 50 officers will start work across the borough from May.
Council Leader Jason Stacey says:
This is a ground-breaking new initiative for Ealing as funding for the new PCSOs is coming from the council. It will be a significant boost to the resources that go into reducing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour and envirocrime. This will help us deliver one of our key priorities which is safer communities.