A decade of tackling crime together

On 5 June, a delegation from Essex Police visited Chelmsford City Council to present a plaque commemorating its tenth anniversary as a member of the force's Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

The Scheme was launched in 2008, following the 2002 Police Reform Act, which made several changes to police powers. Organisations which work closely with the police can be given limited policing powers by the Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, enabling them to deal with antisocial behaviour, low-level crime and disorder.

These powers can include confiscating alcohol and cigarettes from underage people, issuing fixed penalty notices for littering and dog fouling, and requiring abandoned vehicles to be removed.

Chelmsford City Council was one of the first organisations to become accredited in 2008. Since then, Essex Police have given specialist training to a number of Council officers to help them to use these powers effectively. They can deal with minor antisocial behaviour directly rather than needing to call police out, meaning that issues can be resolved more quickly for the residents who are affected.

Currently, 23 officers at the Council are accredited. They work in a number of departments, including public health and protection, housing, street care, CCTV and parks.

Councillor Susan Sullivan, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said, "We are proud to have been part of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme for the past ten years. We work in close partnership with Essex Police and other organisations, sharing information and powers to present the united front that makes Chelmsford such a safe place to live."

Jenny Brouard, Citizens in Policing Manager for Essex Police, said: “I am extremely proud that Chelmsford City Council are receiving their well-deserved 10 year award for the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. I have had the pleasure of working with the team since the very beginning, and their dedication and commitment to the scheme and Essex Police is so valuable. Partnership work is crucial, and I would like to thank all the accredited officers for their work, and I look forward to the future of our working relationship.”

For more information about the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, please visit http://www.essex.police.uk/about-us/accreditation-scheme.

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