What is a Community Safety Accreditation Scheme?
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows a Chief Constable to accredit non police staff of organisations, such as security guards, wardens and traffic management officers with powers to tackle graffiti, litter and anti-social behaviour. This helps organisations who have a commitment to crime and disorder reduction by making their accredited staff even more effective.
The scheme is for Public and Private Sector Companies but can be extended to other organisations such as Trusts and Charities.
Accredited staff will only be awarded powers that are appropriate to the roles they carry out. They will be in uniform, wear the CSAS approved badge and carry ID cards that identify them, their role and the powers they have.
What is the Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme?
The Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme (RSAS) operates in accordance with the same legislation as CSAS but with specific references to Railway Byelaws and the railway environment.
What are the benefits for your organisation?
- To display a nationally approved badge, demonstrating high personnel standards
- Legislative protection for all accredited staff e.g. it is an offence to assault, wilfully obstruct or impersonate a designated person, punishable by a fine or imprisonment on summary conviction
- The ability to share relevant information with the Police
- Legislation gives accredited persons the use of targeted police powers
Accredited persons can:
- Support local community policing
- Contribute to the PREVENT aspect of the Government’s Counter-Terrorism strategy
- Work towards social cohesion and community regeneration with medium and long term planning
- Help improve the physical appearance and management of local areas
Is an accredited person employed by the police?
No. Accredited persons are employed by the organisation that has been approved by the police to run a scheme. The police are not directly involved in the direction of accredited persons or control their roles or day to day activities. However, by becoming part of the CSAS or RSAS schemes there will be close liaison between the Police and your organisation.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be fit for the role
- Must have appropriate training
- Must be wearing a uniform
- Must be employed in a Community Safety role
- Must be successfully vetted
What powers can an Accredited Person have?
There are over 20 powers available, chief officers may choose to give accredited persons all, some or none of the powers available. The most popular powers in use are:
- Request names and addresses of any person:
- acting in an anti-social manner
- who has committed a relevant offence
- who has committed a road traffic offence
- They may also be given powers to confiscate tobacco products from young persons, deal with begging, stop cyclists riding on a footpath and control traffic for purposes other than escorting an abnormal load
- Some individuals can be granted the powers to issue fixed penalty notices to tackle anti-social behaviour issues
Want to know more or make an application?
Kenneth Meanwell, CSAS/RSAS Compliance Manager
T: 07770 237 173