WEST Yorkshire could soon have many more police community support officers on the beat - but local councils are going to have to stump up part of the cash to pay for them.
Government money is available to more than double the number of PCSOs in the county - but there is a catch.
After the first year West Yorkshire Police Authority has to find the money to pay a quarter of the cost of the PCSOs and has now turned to city, town and parish councils for help.
The authority's chairman, Clr Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "The very difficult police grant settlement for next year rules out raising money through council tax so the force may miss out on all these extra uniformed officers unless funding can be found from elsewhere."
He said some PCSOs were already partly-funded by local councils.
Clr Burns-Williamson added: "The public is really pleased with PCSOs in West Yorkshire.
"All our feedback is that they are valued almost as highly as police officers.
"With the new powers now available to them, they can undertake a whole range of enforcement activity.
"This opportunity to dramatically increase the numbers is just too good to miss.
"In effect, what the Government is saying is get four for the price of one. I don't think the residents of West Yorkshire would want to miss out on this.
"What we need is help from partners towards the costs after year one.
Many councils are making decisions now about how they will spend the money available to them for neighbourhood renewal and community safety.
"We want them and other partners to think about the advantages such a huge expansion in numbers could bring to every community by boosting the size of the neighbourhood policing teams."
He added: "I know the police are willing to allow partners a real say in how the PCSOs they part-fund are deployed.
"I hope they will consider very carefully the benefit this massive increase in PCSO numbers could bring to their residents for very little cost."