Community Safety Service

Building Strong & Safe Communities

Powers

Officers have the power to request the name and address of offenders and failure to provide them makes offenders liable to arrest by a police officer. They also have the power to confiscate alcohol and cigarettes from young people who are under-age and can request the removal of abandoned vehicles. In addition officers provide information and direct people to County Council services.

The officers work closely with the Police and local neighbourhood wardens, together with 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.