Concern over axing of county safety officers

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MEMBERS of Gosport’s council have raised concern over the county council’s decision to get rid of safety officers.

Councillor Dennis Wright, leader of the Labour opposition group at the borough authority raised the issue at full council on Tuesday. He said Hampshire County Council’s 36 accredited community safety officers (ACSOs) have played an important 
role and were cut to keep tax down.

Cllr Wright said: ‘One of the cuts made was in ACSOs, where they’re having to make 36 of them redundant.

‘Those 36 ACSOs have been a great service to this borough in the past, with the various civic events that we’ve held, particularly in controlling people in the high street and directing traffic.’

Others in the chamber agreed the ACSOs had played a vital role, with 24 involved in 33 Field Hospital’s homecoming in October last year.