So how many PCSOs do we have in Frodsham? A simple question you may think.
I believe the answer is 1.
Now I've understood that we have had 1 PCSO in Frodsham for as long as there have been PCSOs. So given this I was somewhat shocked to discover that CWaC had data suggesting that Frodsham shared another PCSO with other rural communities - and, worse they wanted to charge Frodsham council tax payers extra council tax to pay for this seemingly additional resource.
I was not happy.
I started to ask questions. I spoke with our local police and our PCSO. They confirmed that whilst, understandably, there was some mutual support with colleagues looking after other communities there is one PCSO for Frodsham.
I asked CWaC to show me why they thought we had an additional share of a PCSO. I went so far as to ask our Police and Crime Commissioner. Now I'm going to blog separately about my interchanges with the Police and Crime Commissioner as they are a whole new story in themselves. Interestingly he was unable to tell me how many PCSOs we have in Frodsham.
Any way the good news is - at a meeting with CWaC yesterday I was pleased to see that CWaC now accept that Frodsham has one PCSO only - and he is part funded by the Town Council and as such they will not be seeking to levy an additional charge on Frodsham council tax payers.