Wish your staff could help reduce crime and disorder? Now they can.
Dropping litter, fly-posting and graffiti are just a few examples of anti-social behaviour we all wish we could control in our towns and villages.
Thanks to a national scheme, certain organisations in the county are being given the power to do just that.
About the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows our Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh to accredit staff of organisations throughout Essex with powers to tackle graffiti, litter, abandoned cars and anti-social behaviour.
The idea is that public, private and voluntary sector organisations whose staff contribute to community safety will be given the tools to make them more effective in their efforts to reduce crime and disorder.
Organisations with staff who play an active role in safeguarding our communities such as council street wardens, shopping centre security staff and sports stadium personnel can seek accreditation.
Once accredited, they’ll be authorised to exercise powers appropriate to their roles. These could include powers to confiscate alcohol and cigarettes from young people, issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, littering and graffiti and require the removal of an abandoned vehicle.
Accredited people can also issue penalty notices for knowingly raising a false alarm with the fire brigade, consuming alcohol in a public place and acting in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. They do not however have the power to detain or arrest.
The scheme is proving a success with the local councils, shopping centres and housing organisations already taking part.
Accreditation is awarded to employees by the Chief Constable but before this can happen they will be vetted, interviewed and asked to complete a training programme culminating in an exam.
If successful, they are issued with a national accreditation badge by the Home Office and a card identifying them, their role and their powers to the public.
Organisations currently taking part in the scheme include:
- Basildon, Braintree and Castlepoint Councils
- Festival Leisure
- High Chelmer Shopping Centre
- Southend Hospital