Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.
About the scheme
To become CSAS accredited, all organisations (public and private sector companies) must pass a strict application process, as detailed by the Home Office and the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC). If successful their employees are then vetted and trained to the prescribed standard. These people remain employed by their organisation, not by Thames Valley Police and are not directly tasked or coordinated by us. We will however ensure that all individual schemes are managed, monitored and assessed at a local level.
The scheme creates a framework for public and private bodies to work in partnership with the police, providing additional uniformed presence in communities and capitalising on the skills and information captured by those already engaged with the community.
The organisation seeking accreditation will be required to apply to the Chief Constable for the policing powers they consider appropriate to assist their employees in performing their job role in supporting the community. The powers are selected from a list of the available CSAS powers and agreed by the Chief Constable.
The most common powers requested include:
- to require name and address for anti-social behaviour.
- to stop cycles.
- to issue fixed penalty notice for fly-posting.
- to issue fixed penalty notice for littering.
- to require name and address for road traffic offences.
- to control traffic for purposes other than escorting a load of exceptional dimensions
A full list of powers can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Who can apply to join the scheme?
The scheme is aimed at organisations in both the public and private sectors who contribute to making our communities safer. This could include Local Authority neighbourhood and street wardens, housing associations, private sector security services, traffic management officers and sports event stewards.
To qualify for the CSAS, organisations must pass a strict application process, as detailed by the Home Office and the National Police Chief’s Association (NPCC). If successful their employees are then vetted and must complete a CSAS training course run by an approved training provider. These individuals remain employed by their organisation, not by Thames Valley Police.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying or for more information, contact the CSAS Officer in Strategic Governance on 07980 316269 or 01865 542008.
What are the benefits of CSAS?
CSAS bring benefits both to the police and the accredited organisation, these include:
- Increasing uniformed presence on the streets (CSAS accredited persons wear the uniform of their employing organisation with a CSAS ID badge issued by TVP).
- Saving valuable police time in community safety to deal with low-level crime and disorder.
- Reductions in local issues such as street drinking and dog fouling.
- Recognition of the aims of the accredited organisation and its involvement in terms of increasing community safety and reducing crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
- Conferment of additional powers.
- Closer working relationship with the police through the 'extended police family'.
- Public reassurance as to the professionalism of those in community safety roles
- Recognition of the quality of the accredited organisation.
- Promoting greater business involvement with the police, and allowing the police to influence the training of businesses, eg security companies.
- Promoting partnership working and the two-way exchange of information and enhanced intelligence sharing.