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Drive to recruit 10,000 officers
Poster used in drive for more Police Community Support Officers
The Home Secretary has urged members of the public to sign up
A campaign to recruit 10,000 more Police Community Support Officers (PCOSs) has begun in England and Wales.

The poster campaign is part of the government's pledge to have 16,000 PCOSs by next year.

Launching the drive, Home Secretary John Reid urged members of the public to sign up.

The campaign is running in Birmingham, Bristol, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Cardiff and Hull.

"Police Community Support Officers have been a welcome addition to our communities," said the home secretary.

"Their uniformed presence on our streets makes a real difference in driving down low-level crime and anti-social behaviour."

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