Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed confirmation that new Tri-service officers are being deployed in several communities around Mid-Cornwall.
The Tri – Service officer role combines support for police, fire and the ambulance services.
They also provide a ‘supportive link’ to Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and have a number of additional responsibilities such as a Safeguarding Advocate and Youth Intervention/ mentorship.
A Tri-Service Officer does not have the same powers as a PCSO but are trained medically, to a co-responder standard, and receive firefighter training. They also have powers under the community safety accreditation scheme.
They also have instant access to police, fire and ambulance IT systems to enable a better immediate understanding of the situation.
The TSSOs will be located in areas where the police, the fire and ambulance services have a limited presence and where it is difficult to deploy a resource from a single agency basis given current financial restraints.
The posts have been joint funded by the three emergency services.
Commenting, Steve said:
“I am delighted to see this new role being rolled out to communities in Cornwall including St Dennis and Fowey.”
“It is good to see PCC Hernandez use her powers to innovate and come up with a good solution to providing local cover for our emergency services in rural areas that need them.”
“I will be watching this development with interest and look forward to seeing it used in other areas in the future.”