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Community Protection Service

Community Protection Officers (CPOs) undertake a problem solving approach to tackle on-street anti-social behaviour (ASB), environmental and nuisance related issues which affect the quality of life for our residents in Ashfield.  CPOs undertake preventative action to reduce reoccurrence. 

The majority of time is spent in the community undertaking high visibility patrols, engaging with residents, visitors and businesses and proactively challenging perpetrators of ASB.

CPO’s undertake on-street enforcement action using Council and Police accredited powers.  

Community Safety Team

CPOs broadly follow a patrol plan including school, park, town centre and estate patrols and focus their patrol time in the areas which evidence the greatest levels of need at the right time of day/day of the week. 

Members of the public often report issues as they are happening and these will be responded to as soon as possible, subject to officer availability i.e. begging in the town centres, nuisance parking, escaped horses causing a havoc on highways. 

The service operates anytime from 8.00 to 22.00 (usually 23.00 on a Friday) seven days per week.

The Police and Council work well together and CPOs and PCSOs regularly undertake planned joint proactive patrols in areas known to be an issue for residents (sometimes referred to as hotspot locations).

Officers receive reports and come across lots of types of issues including alcohol related ASB, underage drinking, dog fouling, nuisance vehicles and litter.

Community Protection Officers regularly work and provide intelligence to partners including the Police and ASB and Nuisance Caseworkers.