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Sutton PCSOs should be given fire and medical training

At a time when resources are stretched across our emergency services, it is vital we look at ways of maximising the potential of those on the front line.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) present a fantastic opportunity to broaden the emergency response and prevention capabilities within London and futureproof their roles within the police force.

I lobbied Boris to protect PCSO numbers in Croydon and Sutton and I’m delighted we can look at diversifying their roles now those numbers are secure

By giving Sutton’s community officers first-response medical training, they could deliver life-saving treatment whilst paramedics are on their way.

Fire safety training will enable them to assist the fire brigade in advising vulnerable and elderly people within the community about making their homes safe.


PCSOs, as the ‘eyes on the ground’ within our communities, are well placed to tackle local issues.

Broadening their role is a sensible way of delivering value for money at the same time as easing the burden on London’s emergency response teams.

Co-responding is widely considered to be the future of London’s police, fire and ambulance services. It makes sense that PCSOs should be made a part of that future.

Steve O'Connell                                                                                      GLA Conservative Assembly Member for Sutton and Croydon

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