Council joins Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

Brentwood Borough Council staff who received the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) training and partners from the Brentwood Community Safety Partnership
Brentwood Borough Council staff who received the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) training and partners from the Brentwood Community Safety Partnership

Brentwood Borough Council will be helping to reduce crime and disorder after joining the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).

The scheme is a nationally accredited initiative promoted by the Home Office and National Police Chief’s Council which accredits staff of organisations with limited policing powers to help keep the Borough safer. The aim is that organisations whose staff contribute to community safety will be given the tools to undertake their roles more effectively. By giving these targeted powers, an accredited person is better equipped to deal with issues such as anti-social behaviour, disorder and nuisance, with the potential to address certain issues on the spot without the involvement of police.

Six council staff have undergone training from Essex Police and received accreditation on Wednesday 23 May. They were presented with certificates and identity cards by Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood with more staff receiving training in June.

These staff can now exercise powers appropriate to their roles and will allow them to tackle graffiti, litter, abandoned cars and anti-social behaviour.

Chair of Brentwood Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “We are committed to ensuring Brentwood remains a safe place for people to live and work. Our officers who have been accredited now have the direct powers to deal with issues that affect our community directly.

This is great news and gives them another level of enforcement allowing them to deal with certain issues on the spot.”

District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood, Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said:

Council joins Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

Brentwood Borough Council will be helping to reduce crime and disorder after joining the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).

The scheme is a nationally accredited initiative promoted by the Home Office and National Police Chief’s Council which accredits staff of organisations with limited policing powers to help keep the Borough safer. The aim is that organisations whose staff contribute to community safety will be given the tools to undertake their roles more effectively. By giving these targeted powers, an accredited person is better equipped to deal with issues such as anti-social behaviour, disorder and nuisance, with the potential to address certain issues on the spot without the involvement of police.

Six council staff have undergone training from Essex Police and received accreditation on Wednesday 23 May. They were presented with certificates and identity cards by Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood with more staff receiving training in June.

These staff can now exercise powers appropriate to their roles and will allow them to tackle graffiti, litter, abandoned cars and anti-social behaviour.

Chair of Brentwood Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “We are committed to ensuring Brentwood remains a safe place for people to live and work. Our officers who have been accredited now have the direct powers to deal with issues that affect our community directly.

This is great news and gives them another level of enforcement allowing them to deal with certain issues on the spot.”

District Commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood, Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: “The CSAS accreditation gives Brentwood Borough Council the ability to work with Essex Police in relation to problem areas of anti-social behaviour or continued nuisance in the district whilst meeting the council’s own priorities.

Together this increases the partnership working between Essex Police and the council which will now get stronger as more staff are accredited throughout the year. This is not about the council taking on police work but having the ability to deal with local issues with a level of enforcement that they didn’t have before. I look forward to continuing to work with the council and the Community Safety Partnership.”

“The CSAS accreditation gives Brentwood Borough Council the ability to work with Essex Police in relation to problem areas of anti-social behaviour or continued nuisance in the district whilst meeting the council’s own priorities.

 

Together this increases the partnership working between Essex Police and the council which will now get stronger as more staff are accredited throughout the year. This is not about the council taking on police work but having the ability to deal with local issues with a level of enforcement that they didn’t have before. I look forward to continuing to work with the council and the Community Safety Partnership.”

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