Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS)

Overview

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) is a national scheme which was introduced under the Police Reform Act 2002, schedule 5 and has been active in Dorset since 2012.

CSAS allows organisations and their employees, who are involved in community safety and/or traffic management, the opportunity to become accredited with limited powers by the Chief Constable to further assist them within their current role.

There is a commitment between both the police and organisations accredited under CSAS to work together to tackle low level crime and disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour and to make safer communities for individuals to live, work and visit.

Who can be part of the scheme?

A variety of organisations can become accredited under CSAS. These include:

  • Local Authority neighbourhood and street wardens
  • Housing association, countryside officers or Park Rangers
  • Security guards/ staff
  • Fire and Rescue service personnel
  • Housing Association employees
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Parking Attendants
  • Stewards at Sports stadiums
  • Traffic Management Operatives

IMPORTANT: It is an offence to:

  • Fail or refuse to provide an accredited person with your name and address.
  • Assault an accredited person or person assisting them.
  • To obstruct an accredited person or person assisting them

What powers are available?

Once accredited individuals will be authorised to exercise agreed powers appropriate to their role, vetting, accreditation and training. These could include;

  • Access to and share information and intelligence with the police
  • Request name and address of a person committing an offence such as acting in an anti-social manner or an individual who commits a road traffic offence; failure or refusal to comply is an offence.
  • Power to issue penalty notices to tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Power to seize alcohol or tobacco from under age persons
  • Power to direct and control traffic

A full list of available powers can be found here.

How will I know if an organisation or individual is accredited through CSAS?

Each organisation that is accredited within Dorset is listed at the bottom of this page.

To be able to use their power each accredited person must;

  • Be in uniform
  • Display the CSAS logo on their uniform
  • Carry with them both a powers cards, identifying powers they are accredited with, and a police issued ID badge
  • Be on duty (at work)

Any of these items can be requested by a member of the public or officer or staff at any reasonable time and should be produced.

Benefits

The scheme comes with a number of benefits for both the police, accredited organisations and communities we serve.

The benefits include:

  • The standardisation of training and vetting procedures for all accredited persons who carry out community safety and security functions.
  • Better communication and improved confidence between the police and its partners agencies
  • The formalisation of relationships within the extended police family
  • Public reassurance of the professionalism of those accredited persons patrolling the streets and working in the community
  • Limited, but targeted powers for an accredited person to make them more effective in the role they undertake.

Minimum Standards Required

In ordered to become CSAS accredited, organisations and employees must meet minimum standards required in relation to training, management, accountability and vetting.

Training

  • Employers must be able to verify that an employee nominated for accreditation is performing to a required and satisfactory standard in their role
  • All employees nominated for accreditation must successfully complete specific CSAS training to a minimum standard by an approved trainer
  • All accredited persons must undertake regular CSAS refresher training. One day every 3 years is the recommended minimum training requirement.
  • Accredited persons must take part in PREVENT training. PREVENT training aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised or being drawn into terrorism.

Vetting

  • All employees nominated for accreditation must successfully passed police vetting to a nationally set standard
  • Employers must ensure they have completed initial recruitment checks prior to nominating an individual for accreditation, in accordance with the Authorised Professional Practice.

Supervision and Accountability

  • Managers within the organisation must also undergo training even if they are not accredited to be able to appropriately supervise accredited persons
  • ‘On street’ supervision should be carried out at times
  • Each organisation who has accreditation must designate a senior member of staff who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with standards set in CSAS e.g. a manager or company director.
  • Organisations and accredited individuals are also subject to regular monitoring and quality assurance within their role by employees of the police.

Professional Qualifications

  • All individuals looking to become accredited within a security role, must first be SIA (Security Industry Authority) accredited.

Who do I contact?

Should you have any questions, would like to provide feedback or would like to find out more on how your organisation can become part of the scheme please contact the CSAS Manager on:
T: 01392 226653
E: CSAS@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Accredited Organisations

​Bournemouth Borough Council [Community Safety]

Role: Community Safety Officer

Town Hall, St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Powers:

2b) Power to deal with begging

3) Power to require name and address  for anti-social behaviour

4) Power to require persons drinking in designated places to surrender alcohol

5) Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol

6) Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 18

Accredited Persons: 2

http://auth.bournemouth.gov.uk/Home.aspx

South West Region Accredited Organisations

South West Region forces have an agreement in place whereby accredited traffic management organisations can operate across all five counties, yet only being required to pay one 'host' force for their accreditation, rather than all five individually.

JPS Events Consultancy Ltd (Host Force: Devon and Cornwall Police)

Role: Traffic Management

​Exonbury House, Pocombe Bridge, Exeter, EX2 9SW

Powers:

0. To have access to and share information and intelligence with Devon and Cornwall Police

2a) Power to require giving of name and address for: a) A relevant penalty notice offence (see 1 above and 2(b) below) b) Offences under S3 and S4 of Vagrancy Act 1824(c) An offence causing injury, alarm, distress to any other person or loss of, or any damage to, any other person's property.

8b) Power to control traffic for purposes other than escorting a load of exceptional dimensions and also for purposes of conducting a traffic survey

Accredited Persons: 61

http://askjps.com/tm.html

Topher Limited (Host Force: Dorset Police)

Role: Traffic Management

Unit 2, Avondale Business Park, Avondale Road, Fleet, GU51 3FL

Powers:

3a) Power to require name and address for road traffic offences

8b) Power to control traffic for purposes other than escorting a load of exceptional  dimensions and also for purposes of conducting a traffic survey

Accredited Persons: 5

http://www.topherlimited.co.uk/

CTM (Cash and Traffic Management) (Host Force: Avon and Somerset Police)

Role: Traffic Management

Unit 2a Arley Industrial Estate, Colliers Way, Arley, Coventry, CV7 8HN

Powers:

0. To have access to and share information and intelligence with Avon and Somerset Police

3a) Power to require name and address for road traffic offences

8b) Power to control traffic for purposes other than escorting a load of exceptional  dimensions and also for purposes of conducting a traffic survey

Accredited Persons: 141

https://www.ctm.uk.com/

Bradsons Event Services (Host Force: Avon and Somerset Police)

Role: Traffic Management

PO Box 1201, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8YD

Powers:

0. To have access to and share information and intelligence with Avon and Somerset Police

3a) Power to require name and address for road traffic offences

8b) Power to control traffic for purposes other than escorting a load of exceptional  dimensions and also for purposes of conducting a traffic survey

Accredited Persons: 30

http://www.bradsons.co.uk/

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