PCSO Day of Action: UNISON Leading the Way!

The 5 hour drive to Norwich was worth it. I was proud to join activists from across the country in taking the fight for Norfolk Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) jobs to the streets.

We sent a strong message to Norwich North Conservative MP Chloe Smith that the governments priority should be cutting crime and not cutting all PCSOs in Norfolk.

I joined UNISON Eastern Regional Secretary Chris Jenkinson who has been leading the high profile campaign and UNISON National Officers for Police and Justice Ben Priestley and Dave Bryant. Together we delivered leaflets to every home in Chloe Smiths constituency to let residents know what a disaster the decision will be for them.

It was great to join Shadow Police Minister Louise Haigh MP and local MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis. Louise has earned a great deal of respect from the police community due to her in depth knowledge of the service and for her relentless campaigning for a properly funded police service. Therefore it was no surprise that Louise joined us to deliver leaflets.

UNISON Eastern Region should be proud of the campaign they are running against these backwards PCSO cuts. Once again UNISON are leading the way in fighting for our public services and the safety of our communities.

Louise Haigh MP

It was a pleasure to welcome Shadow Policing Minister and MP for Sheffield Louise Haigh to our UNISON branch.

Louise met two of our Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and a Control Room Dispatcher in our UNISON office where she heard about how government cuts have impacted their job, communities and them as individuals.

Louise also met with Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter and Police Officers involved in early intervention within Humberside Police.