PCSO Vicky Rogers
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West Midlands PCSOs 'integral' in force's future

West Midlands Police is to employ 50 new Police Community Support Officers as part of plans to recruit 450 new staff over the next two years.

The force said 70 people applied to become a PCSO every day during a recent recruitment drive and it was now going through more than 1,000 applications.

Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said: "PCSOs are an integral part of the local policing team. They increase visibility and increase public confidence in policing."

Vicky Rogers, who was one of the first PSCOs employed by the force 10 years ago, patrols around Brierley Hill.

She said: "People have now accepted us as part of the police family. We are here to stay and we are making a difference to our communities."