University Awarded Police’s Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

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The University of Worcester has completed a rigorous assessment by West Mercia Constabulary to pass its Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

Chief Constable David Shaw has authorised five members of security staff at the University to be accredited with powers under Sections 40 to 42 of the Police Reform Act 2002. It is planned that a further 12 members of staff will begin training in the New Year.

The accreditation allows the University’s security staff to work more closely with the community and the police on and off campus.

It gives those staff that complete the relevant training the ability to hand out Fixed Penalty Notices for such things as noise nuisance, graffiti and disorder.

Chief Inspector Jerry Reakes-Williams said: “This accreditation benefits both the university and the police.

“It is a great way to continue to build on the excellent relationship we have with the university and with the work that already goes on to keep it a safe and enjoyable place to study.

“In order to become accredited the university has had to demonstrate a high standard of operation to show that they are a fit and proper employer.

“In addition, those employees who will be given the powers have been trained and vetted and will wear clothing which is clearly recognisable and which carries a badge that confirms their accredited status.”

The University of Worcester is one of only a handful of universities in the Country to achieve the accreditation.

Tom Taylor, Head of Security and Campus Services at the University, said: “It has been a very long and rigorous process to achieve this accreditation, as naturally the police are very strict about whom such powers are granted to.

“The University is known for its pro-active approach to good student/community relationships and we already work very closely with the local community, Neighbourhood Watch teams and local beat officers. This accreditation will strengthen that work further.

“Fixed Penalty Notices will always be a last resort, but we hope that by having our staff trained to this level will enable us to deal with any incidents in a swift and appropriate manner.”

The university security staff can now:

  1. Issue Fixed Penalty Notices for Disorder - for breach of a fireworks curfew or knowingly raising a false fire alarm.
  2. Confiscate alcohol from young people.
  3. Issue fixed penalty notices for cycling on the pavement, dropping litter, dog fouling, fly posting and graffiti.
  4. Require a name and address for a fixed penalty offence or anti- social behaviour.