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The work of Welsh Government funded community support officers

The Universities’ Police Science Institute is working to evaluate the impact of an additional 500 Community Support Officers 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 Universities’ Police Science Institute team will assess how visible Community Support Officers are 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.