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Community Safety Accreditation Scheme - a guide to getting accredited

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To earn Community Safety Accreditation your organisation and employees must prove that specific criteria can be met.

The scheme is not open to voluntary organisations. It can only be applied to people in employment.

The decision to accredit individuals rests with our Chief Constable, who will consult with key stakeholders, including the Police and Crime Commissioner and crime reduction partnerships.

In order to apply, your organisation must prove it has these policies and procedures in place and that your staff understand and comply with them:

  • Equal opportunities
  • Fair service provision
  • Health and safety
  • Staff appraisals

Your organisation must show that it

  • is fit and proper to supervise accredited people
  • has enough trained supervisors for its accredited people
  • can ensure records of use of powers are kept and supervised properly to a satisfactory standard
  • has a satisfactory complaints handling procedure.

If you manage a private company, you must apply for accreditation through the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Prevention Initiatives Ltd (ACPO CPI Ltd), which will assess your application and advise the Chief Constable.

In most cases, you will be charged for accreditation. Only charging guidance is provided by the Government, not flat rates. 

A force liaison officer will monitor each scheme at various times. There will be a formal review of the arrangements every six months.

To discuss charges, please contact our Partnerships Co-ordinator on 101 extension 804 4705 or email csas@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk