02 June 2008
Caerphilly County Borough Council is keeping safety on our streets at the top of the agenda with the employment of two new Community Safety Wardens.
This will now bring the total number of wardens patrolling the streets of Caerphilly county borough to an impressive 12, including full and part-time staff.
The first eight Community Safety Wardens initially began patrolling the streets, parks and estates of the county borough in November 2004, tackling anti-social behaviour hotspots and reassuring the public by reducing the fear of crime and deterring crime and disorder in the area.
The marked effect their partnership working with Gwent Police has had on levels of anti-social behaviour locally has been commendable. The two new appointments being made will further strengthen the good work being undertaken in the area.
Whilst Wardens do not have the powers of arrest, they are equally as effective in that they can intervene in criminal behaviour, work in conjunction with local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and other agencies, and have powers to deal with minor offences. They are highly visible in their distinctive yellow and black uniforms and act as "the eyes and ears" of the community by spotting, investigating and reporting incidents as well as acting as professional witnesses.
They also help instill community spirit into local people with their approachable manner and positive action, as well as support vulnerable residents and endeavour to clean up the environment by tackling litter, graffiti and fly tipping.
Caerphilly county borough council's cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "I very much welcome our two 'new' members to Caerphilly County Borough Council's Community Safety Wardens team. They act as look-outs for all law-abiding citizens, helping to underpin our sense of community and offering reassurance to the more vulnerable members of our society. With their numbers increased, the Wardens are now in an even stronger position to combat anti-social behaviour which can blight our communities if left unconstrained."
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership is a multi-agency organisation whose five statutory bodies are Caerphilly County Borough Council, Gwent Police, Caerphilly Teaching Local Health Board, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Gwent Police Authority. It works to combat crime and disorder, anti social behaviour and the fear of crime in the local area.
For further info go to the Safer CCB website http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/saferccb
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