Prevention and Enforcement Service launched with additional powers

Council / 14 Oct 2016

Officers will take to the streets across Peterborough from Monday (17 October 2016) as the city’s new SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service is fully launched.

The new service combines council, police, fire service and prison staff into a single managed service. Council officers will wear a new uniform to help the public identify members of the service.

A total of 112 officers will make up the Prevention and Enforcement Service (PES) including 16 police constables, 30 police community support officers and 30 council prevention and enforcement officers. Other members include CCTV operators, crime reduction and fire service community safety officers as well as senior officers from all organisations to manage the service.

The council prevention and enforcement officers have now been granted delegated Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers which give them the ability to take action against a wider range of community issues. These include littering, begging and cycling on pavements.

Council officers also retain existing powers available to them, including parking and housing enforcement.

The service will be structured into three localities covering the whole city council area. Each of the three areas will have a service manager, senior officers and officers from across the different organisations, all focussed on addressing and preventing problems throughout the city’s communities.

On Monday, following the launch, officers will be taking part in the following activities: 

  • City centre patrols - targeting street drinking, anti-social behaviour, aggressive begging and cycling on pavements
  • Officers supporting Operation Sceptre - the police’s city-wide knife amnesty
  • Patrols in Woodston to target drug dealing, illegal parking, street drinking, anti-social behaviour and engaging with the public
  • Visits to houses in multiple occupancy across the city to check on the safety of residents and to check for signs of over-crowding

Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “This new service, which extends the powers of the council’s enforcement officers, will tackle a number of issues that people contact me about regularly. I’ve listened to their concerns and believe that our new approach will play a part in tackling concerns like fly-tipping and littering as well as working to prevent issues such as drug dealing and child sexual exploitation.

“The Prevention and Enforcement Service covers the whole of the city and our rural areas however the city centre will remain a key area of focus to ensure we help make the experience for everybody that uses it an enjoyable and trouble-free one.”

Chief Inspector Rob Hill, joint head of the SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service, said:  “The PES will be evidence led and our team will use data to highlight activities that need to be addressed. 

“Staff will be directed on a daily basis to deal with calls received from the public alongside work on crime prevention initiatives, but when there is an identified need the full team can come together and work wherever directed across the city.

"For example – if we are suffering a spate of arson attacks in a particular area the whole team could be used to increase patrols in that community.  This gives us the opportunity to mobilise large numbers at short notice to deal with the issues that really impact on our residents.”

Station Commander Karl Bowden, joint head of the SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service, said: "As the name of the service suggests there will be a major focus on prevention around issues such as fly-tipping and accidental fires.

"The best way of solving these issues in the community is to prevent it from happening in the first place and a key role of the new service will be to get out into our communities and engage with residents."

The public can report issues and concerns to the Prevention and Enforcement Service via the MyPeterborough App or they can call 101 or 01733 747474.  999 should only be used in an emergency.