Twenty three enforcement officers from Newham Council have been accredited with limited police powers under the Police Reform Act 2002.
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) is a national Home Office initiative that enables the Chief of Police for each force area to designate limited but targeted police powers to employees of non-police organisations who contribute towards community safety.
Under CSAS, the MPS has agreed to designate the following police powers to Newham Council with effect from 25th October 2011: Request the name and address for Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and offences that cause injury, alarm and distress to another person or damage or loss of another’s property; Request name and address of any person acting in an anti-social manner; Surrender of alcohol from any person in a designated public place; Surrender of alcohol from any person under the age of 18 years; Confiscate cigarettes and tobacco products from any person under the age of 16 years.
Forces which have introduced CSAS within their communities have already indicated benefits of crime reduction, improved communication and cohesion and public reassurance. It has also been found that CSAS improves police effectiveness and efficiency by freeing up police time and resources.
Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is one of the key priorities in this borough and we take it very seriously. We will never apologise for cracking down hard on yobs that make residents’ lives miserable.
“These new powers will make a big difference. Working closely with Newham’s Metropolitan Police Officers and council funded Police Officers, we will ensure that we maintain a high – profile, visible and effective total enforcement presence on our streets. These are additional and enhanced powers for our council officers. It will make it easier for us to tackle crime and ASB and that can only offer reassurance to our residents.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Letchford, Borough Commander for Newham said: “As can be seen, the commitment of both the MPS and London Borough of Newham to making Newham a safer place is going from strength to strength and is a formidable partnership dedicated to dealing with the menace of anti social behaviour and crime in general.
“By getting more people out on the streets dealing with the things that really matter to the people of Newham we will continue to cut crime and keep the criminals on the back foot, making Newham a hostile place for those who come here to commit crime.”