Funder: Welsh Assembly Government
The Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) was awarded a grant to evaluate the impact of an additional 500 Community Support Officers (CSOs) funded by the Welsh Government.
These officers were deployed across police forces in Wales in 2015 with the objective of increasing community safety and reducing fear of crime.
Over the next 18 months, the UPSI team assessed how far CSOs are a visible presence to the public, how they were being deployed in different communities and to what effect. A key aim was be to evaluate how far this additional investment in police resource was 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.