Police seek liaison officer

PUBLISHED: 12:47 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 13:54 04 May 2010

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 innovat

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.

Police say 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.

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."

Job details are on the police website - www.cambs.police.uk

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