14 February 2008
Building community links is one of the key roles of the community safety wardens who beat the streets of Caerphilly County Borough in a daily campaign against anti-social behaviour.
They deal with a wide range of issues from fly tipping to anti-social youths hurling stones, congregating, drinking and lighting fires.
Following accreditation from Gwent Police's Chief Constable, the wardens now have increased powers and can issue fixed penalty fines.
There are currently eleven men and women who can be seen patrolling the streets, estates and parks in the county borough in their instantly recognisable regalia of black and yellow.
Their duties include, providing a community spirit and aiding public reassurance with their highly visible presence and approachable and responsive manner.
In addition to this, they are at the forefront of deterring anti-social behaviour and reporting on environmental issues such as fly-tipping and dog fouling, as well as supporting vulnerable residents of all ages and acting as professional witnesses.
Gwent Chief Constable, Mike Tonge said, "Anti-social behaviour and quality of life issues are at the top of many people's list of concerns. The Community Safety Wardens are very important and valued members of the team, who work with the community to address such issues. I believe Caerphilly is leading the way and we have one of the strongest partnerships in Wales.
For further information, please contact (01443) 864374.
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