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TDC Officers recognised under Devon & Cornwall Police Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS)

CSAS Officers

Four officers from Torridge District Council are some of the first in Northern Devon to pass the entry requirements to be accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) operated by Devon and Cornwall Police. The scheme allows chief constables to accredit people already working in roles that contribute to maintaining and improving community safety, with limited but targeted powers. The partnership is a way of providing additional uniformed presence across the district, and capitalises on the skills and information captured by the Councils Environmental Officers already working in the community.

The four Environmental Protection officers from Torridge will now have the power to access and share information with the police and also the power to require 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.

It's hoped that by increasing the uniformed presence (officers will be badged and carry identification cards) this will help to reduce and control local issues associated with the enforcement of The Council's Public Spaces Protection Orders. It will also allow the Police and the Council to share intelligence more effectively to tackle anti social behaviour within our community. 

Councillor Philip Hackett - Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing and Community Safety said:

"The letter from the chief constable acknowledges the effort required to establish and maintain the standards for such a scheme. I would echo his thanks to the team for their effort and involvement in delivering this scheme, which we all hope will result in delivering improved local safety for residents and visitors."

23 October 2018