About the Community Safety Service
What the Community Safety Service does
The service operates high visibility patrols with clearly uniformed officers and marked vans. Officers also patrol on foot to provide a reassuring presence in the community and act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour.
The officers deal with anti-social behaviour and will make interventions that aim to change behaviour and prevent low level crime, for example behaviour that causes injury, alarm and distress to another person or damage to another person's property.
The officers generally give advice and issue warnings first but where appropriate they will issue fixed penalty notices for behaviour outlined above and for littering, fly posting, graffiti and cycling on a footpath. (See our Enforcement Policy).
Officers have the power to request the name and address of offenders and failure to comply makes them liable to arrest by a police officer. They also have the power to confiscate alcohol and cigarettes from young people who are under-age, can require the removal of abandoned vehicles, can take steps to enforce laws on fly tipping. In addition officers provide information and direct people to County Council services.
The officers work closely with the police and local neighbourhood wardens together the other agencies, including the youth offending team and Children's and Adult Services. They assist in monitoring acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) and enforcing anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs). The officers act as professional witnesses where there are breaches of such orders and provide evidence when they witness criminal behaviour.
Subject to further consultation with the police their powers may also be extended to include issuing fixed penalties for:
- throwing fireworks in the street
- consuming alcohol in designated public places
- behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
What the Community Safety Service does not do
We do not get involved in any criminal activities other than those stated in ' What we do', and issues related to the night-time economy e.g. drunken or violent behaviour. The safety of our officers and the public is paramount and officers will not intervene in situations where their own safety, or that of the public, could be put in jeopardy. These matters are for the police.
We do not provide an emergency service. Our service is based on intelligence and information by working closely with partner organisations, particularly the police. Apart from the offences outlined above our officers will normally plan their patrols in advance. Officers are not equipped or trained to respond to emergency requests for help as they need local knowledge and have limited backup resources available. Emergency situations are the province of the police.