More than 4,400 PCSO roles have been axed

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MORE than 4,400 police community support officer roles have been slashed across the country.

Trade union Unison found that there has been a 27 per cent reduction in England since 2010.

The huge cut is at odds with Hampshire Constabulary, whose police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes has previously pledged to keep PCSOs in place.

Last year Mr Hayes said he wants the 333 PCSOs in the force to stay put.

Meanwhile Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: ‘People feel safer when there is a visible and reassuring police presence on the beat.

‘But years of savage cuts to PCSOs mean that one in four police patrols have been withdrawn from our neighbourhoods since 2010.

‘If the Conservatives are returned to power, the harsh police spending cuts they are proposing would see many more PCSOs cut.’

Unison wants Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to look at the impact of cuts.