Three new Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) have started work in the district through a unique deal between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Hampshire Constabulary.
The three positions are being paid for by EHDC, with the council setting aside around £280,000 for the next three years, and the PCSOs’ day-to-day activities will be managed by Hampshire Constabulary.
The officers began work on September 1, and will support EHDC’s community safety team with issues such as anti-social behaviour, crime prevention, environmental issues and more.
Dean Mohammed will work in the Alton area, and Wade Hicks has been designated to the Longmoor area, while Kieren Rogers will patrol the new Butser area, which will cover Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle.
Although the PCSOs will be line-managed by the police and spend most of their time working on police-related community safety matters, there is a system to allow EHDC to request they help with particular issues in the district.
EHDC leader Cllr Ferris Cowper said: ‘For many years we have worked in close association with Hampshire Constabulary to tackle the kind of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour which can blight people’s lives.
‘By funding three new PCSOs to work exclusively in the district we will be providing further support for our local police service while giving EHDC the capacity to focus on issues that affect the residents of East Hampshire directly.’
Chief Inspector Beth Pirie said: ‘We’re keen to develop partnerships with other agencies to tackle issues that directly impact our communities.
‘The PCSOs will be managed in the same way as their colleagues and will be able to undertake other duties on behalf of EHDC as required.
‘It’s important to remember that these are not warranted officers, they do not have the power of arrest.
‘Their focus will be to support their local communities as opposed to investigating crime.’