Council officers take on new police powers to tackle anti-social behaviour
Posted on: 13 June 2019
Council officers in North Devon now have more powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the district.
North Devon Council’s Environmental Protection officers have received accreditation of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) run by Devon and Cornwall Police.
The scheme allows chief constables to grant people who work in community safety roles with a limited range of legal powers, to enhance the contribution they make in tackling anti-social behaviour.
The council’s five Environmental Protection officers will now have the power to access and share information with the police and also the power to request names and addresses from people for a relevant offence or anti-social behaviour. They will also be able to issue fixed penalty notices for certain disorder offences and have the power to stop and direct traffic, which will assist with the recovery of abandoned vehicles.
The main benefits of the accreditation include:
- increasing uniformed presence on the streets (all CSAS accredited officers wear an ID badge)
- reductions in local issues such as street drinking, begging and dog fouling
- saving police time in community safety to deal with low-level crime and disorder
- promoting partnership working and the exchange of information, helping to reduce crime and improve community safety.
North Devon Council Leader, Councillor David Worden, says: “This new accreditation will greatly assist our officers in their work tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental crimes. We want local communities to feel safe in their neighbourhoods and to know that things are being done to keep them safe.”
Partnership Superintendent Claire Armes said: “The scheme reinforces our commitment to work in partnership with local organisations to provide a safer community and improve the quality of life in Devon and Cornwall, allowing these organisations to be recognised as part of the extended policing family. They are not a replacement for our neighbourhood policing team, but work in partnership to complement each other’s work.”
CSAS Manager Becki Brodest added: “There are a number of benefits of the scheme including reassurance to members of the community of the training and vetting completed by the officers.
“It also allows better communication and improved relationships between the police and partner agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour and other low-level crime and disorder, which impacts significantly upon communities across Devon and Cornwall.
“The accreditation of limited but targeted powers allows those accredited to be more effective in the role they already undertake, but more importantly assists with ensuring safer communities for all to live, work and visit.”
More information about community safety, including how to report anti-social behaviour, is on the council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk/asb.Posted in: Community | Environment