Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows us, in partnership with local authorities, to give accredited employees powers to help reduce crime and disorder and address antisocial behaviour.
There are more than 100 accredited non-police staff in Nottinghamshire, many of whom are Community Protection Officers and Neighbourhood Wardens you might have seen on patrol in Nottingham city centre, Ashfield, Mansfield and Gedling.
Those accredited under CSAS have the authority to issue penalty notices for some offences, from truancy to the possession of cannabis.
They also play an important role in intelligence gathering and developing plans to solve local issues, to collate evidence for antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) and to draw up acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs).
They have helped us obtain ASBOs, secure prosecutions at court and improve the quality of life for residents who have had to endure antisocial behaviour.
Chief Constable Chris Eyre said: “The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme has repeatedly proved its value to the policing of local communities. Community Protection Officers have worked side by side with police officers in our neighbourhood policing teams in Nottingham for some years now, while partnerships in Mansfield and Ashfield are flourishing.
“Having CPOs and Wardens on the street means that more minor and civil offences can be dealt with, improving the quality of life for you and allowing police officers to deal with more serious incidents. It means our combined teams can spend more time meeting and talking to you, which not only strengthens links with our communities but helps us find out more about what’s going in our local areas, and what we need to deal with.
“We only entrust powers under the scheme to those who we can be totally satisfied are dedicated to ensuring your safety and enhancing the places where we live and work.”