THURROCK Council leader Cllr Rob Gledhill took to Grays High Street to promote a new initiative under which council enforcement officers have been given more powers.
The officers, all directly employed by Thurrock Council, now have greater powers to tackle anti-social behaviour after qualifying under a Home Office initiative.
The environmental enforcement officers have all achieved accreditation under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme which allows the Chief of Essex Police to designate extra powers to non-police officers working in a community safety role. In order to achieve this accreditation the officers all had to undergo stringent training and assessment.
This gives Thurrock Council’s Enforcement Officers new powers including being able to seize alcohol from people under the age of 18, issue fixed penalty notices to anyone causing harassment or distress and demand that those causing trouble give them their name and address.
A council spokesperson said: “The extra powers these officers have qualified for are not to be confused with the additional £1 million the council has approved to fund additional police officers working in Thurrock.”
Cllr Gledhill, said: “These officers have all qualified for extended powers which will make them even more effective in tackling anti-social behaviour on the borough’s streets.
“This extra accreditation will help to have an impact in tackling anti-social behaviour, allowing our officers to take tougher action.
“This is part of the extra £670,000 which has been invested this year and last year to help tackle those who don’t want to see Thurrock improve.
“We will continue to take as much action as we can to improve not only our high streets, but the borough as a whole and make clear that behaviour which was allowed to go unchallenged for far too long is brought to an end.”
Here is a more complete list of the powers officers have now they are CSAS accredited:
• The power to issue penalty notices for disorder
• The power to issue fixed penalty notices for cycling on a footpath
• The power to require giving of name and address
• The power to deal with begging
• The power to require name and address for anti-social behaviour
• The power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol
• The power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16
• The power to issue FPN for persons believed to be causing harassment, alarm or distress Consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 or allowing such consumption