Community Safety Wardens
We have a team of Community Safety Wardens that provide a visible uniformed presence in our communities. Their primary duty is to reduce levels of crime, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in communities but they also provide reassurance, assistance and help in order to create a safer, more pleasant living environment.
The wardens do not replace the Police, rangers or any other kind of wardens; instead they complement existing services and help ensure a coordinated response to problems.
What can the wardens deal with?
The Community Safety Wardens can deal with a wide range of day to day issues that can blight our communities including:
- Anti-social behaviour
- Groups in the street
- Verbal abuse
- Drinking (in public)
- Noisy neighbours
- Loud music
- Car alarms / burglar alarms
- Disputes with neighbours
- Environmental nuisance
- Littering / fly-tipping
- Dog fouling
- Abandoned/dangerous vehicles
What powers do the Community Safety Wardens have?
The Community Safety Wardens are accredited by the Chief Constable of Gwent and have the following powers when on duty:
- Issue fixed penalty notices in respect of cycling on the footpath, dog fouling and litter.
- Confiscate alcohol in a designated public place or from young persons.
- Confiscate tobacco from young persons.
- Remove abandoned vehicles.
- Regulate Traffic.
- They can direct a person on foot to stop proceeding along or across a carriageway
- They can request the name and address of an individual in the following circumstances:
- For relevant fixed penalty offences
- For any offence involving injury / alarm /distress, or loss of / damage to another’s property
- When they have reasonable belief that the individual is acting in an anti-social manner.
Failure or refusal to provide the correct name and address when requested by a Community Safety Warden is a criminal offence, as is assaulting / obstructing a warden.