The Work of Welsh Government Funded Community Support Officers
Funder: Welsh Assembly Government
The Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) have been awarded a grant to evaluate the impact of an additional 500 Community Support Officers (CSOs) funded by the Welsh Government. These officers are currently being deployed across police forces in Wales with the objective of increasing community safety and reducing fear of crime.
Over the next 18 months, the UPSI team will assess how far CSOs are a visible presence to the public, how they are being deployed in different communities and to what effect. A key aim will be to evaluate how far this additional investment in police resource is having positive impacts on public confidence and concerns about crime and antisocial behaviour, particularly in Community First areas identified as a priority by the Welsh Government.