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Welsh Labour pledges 500 more Police Community Support Officers

A further 500 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been pledged for Wales.

It is one of five key proposals put forward by the Welsh Labour Party ahead of May’s Welsh Assembly election.

In a visit to Rhyl this afternoon, Neath MP Peter Hain, First Minister Carwyn Jones and local AM Ann Jones asked people to sign a petition opposing police cuts imposed by the UK Government in Westminster.

Shadow Welsh secretary Mr Hain said: “Our pledge of an extra 500 PCSOs will make a real difference in communities across Wales.

“Labour in Wales is showing there is an alternative. The Tory-led Government’s cuts will mean 1,600 fewer police officers and staff in the coming years, making Wales a less safe place.

“The Assembly elections in May are a chance to send David Cameron a real message.”

Welsh Labour, which holds its annual conference in Llandudno this weekend, expects its proposals to increase PCSOs to cost “between £10 million and £15 million”.

The announcement comes following news that Wales’s four police forces – South Wales, Dyfed-Powys, Gwent and North Wales – are facing major cuts.

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