Responders deal with community issues
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2015
NEW community response officers have started in their roles at North Somerset Council as part of a closer partnership with police.
The council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary want to work more closely together.
It will mean both police and council officers can deal with issues while they are out in the community.
Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “These closer working ties enable officers in either organisation to respond quickly and effectively to issues that matter to our residents like antisocial behaviour, fly-tipping and noise nuisance.
“The officers’ high-visibility presence when out and about is being welcomed and is already having an impact in our local communities.”
The community response officers have already worked with police to remove counterfeit vodka from the market, share joint intelligence on rogue traders and work in rural communities around burglary-prevention.
The council is looking to become a Community Safety Accredited Organisation under the Police Reform Act so its officers will have similar powers to PCSOs.
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