Council’s wardens given Community Safety Accreditation

Sue Rogers, HDC's cabinet member for a safer and healthier district and Chair of the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership., with Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, Horsham district policing commander.
Sue Rogers, HDC's cabinet member for a safer and healthier district and Chair of the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership., with Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, Horsham district policing commander.
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Horsham District Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens team has just been successfully re-accredited under the Sussex Police Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) for a further three years.

The wardens play an important part in improving community safety by tackling anti-social behaviour, and have been granted five additional powers under the CSAS to help then carry out this work.

These are:

- Power to stop cycles when accredited person has reason to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath

- Power to require the name and address of a person whom an accredited person has reason to believe has committed a relevant offence

- Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner

- Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol surrendered

- Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it

Sue Rogers (Con, Steyning), chair of the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership, said: “I am really pleased that the wardens have been re-accredited with this scheme again for another three years.

“Their important work has been vital in tackling anti-social behaviour in our district and keeping it a safe place for people to live.”

Horsham District Council was the first council in West Sussex to be granted the powers under the scheme back in 2008.

Chief Constables were given the ability to grant these powers to wardens under the Police Reform Act 2002, which allowed local authorities along with other local bodies, to be accredited to enforce these regulations.

For more information on the council’s Neighbourhood Wardens email communitysafety@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215124.