Police staff to help council?
PUBLISHED: 16:33 06 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 07 April 2015
POLICE officers and council staff will share closer responsibilities under new rules proposed by North Somerset Council.
The authority works with Avon and Somerset Constabulary in some roles – such as dealing with rogue traders.
But under a new proposal, council staff will be able to enforce minor police work and officers and PCSOs will get the right to do some roles normally carried out by the authority.
The planned changes would see police work with the council on issues such as fly-tipping, noise pollution and smoking offences.
The council believes working with the police will lead to a ‘better use of respective resources’, while, importantly, making people feel safer within their communities.
A council spokesman said: “The authorisation of police staff will support and strengthen the close working arrangements we already have with the constabulary and support the delivery of better community outcomes – meaning things get dealt with in a more joined-up way.
“If it is agreed, the Chief Constable will authorise a range of officers across the council to enforce legislation only available at the moment to police staff (PCSOs and police officers).
“The powers requested include: power to require giving of name and address, power to require persons drinking in designated places to surrender alcohol, power to stop vehicles for testing and power to issue penalty notices for disorder.”