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PCSO needed to work with travellers

EU, 9.3.2007 12:16, (ERIO)

AN £18,500 police community support officer is to be appointed by Cambs Police to liaise with the county's estimated 6,000 gypsies and travellers. The new post, which is being trialled for six months, is described in recruitment advertising as an "innovative thematic role". The newly appointed recruit will revert to the county's regular team of 195 community support officers if the job is later abandoned. "The constabulary recognises that within every community there are victims as well as offenders," says a job description for the new post. "Every victim regardless of their ethnic origin or the community they are from deserves the same professional response from the police." Police say that the new appointment will help foster better community relations and with the intelligence gained could ensure more crimes are detected and solved. "Detecting crime and securing sanction detections is most likely when the community work with the Police to bring offenders to justice," said a police spokesman. "In light of this we want to appoint a gypsy and traveller engagement officer, to develop and co-ordinate community networks between the gypsy and traveller community and the constabulary, to contribute towards raising awareness of policing needs and to eliminate discrimination, promoting good relations." The post holder will need experience of "engaging with the gypsy and traveller community and an understanding of the culture and policing needs of the communities." It's also necessary to have the "ability to develop positive working relationships and have previous customer service experience." Details of the job are available through the police website. 

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