Significant move to deal with crime in Salisbury

Significant move to deal with crime in Salisbury

Published by Mike Draper at 5:00am 24th August 2019.

Additional powers have been given by Wiltshire Police to privately contracted security officers.

From today (Saturday 24 August), the Salisbury City Centre Security Officers (CCSO's) will be patrolling the city with greater powers to deal with both begging and under 18 street drinking.

It is as part of their role in conjunction with Wiltshire Police.

WHAT ARE CCSO'S?

  • It's been in place since July 2017
  • The CCSO's were in response to a rise in low level anti-social behaviour across the city
  • Salisbury City Council contracted Venture Security Management Ltd to provide SIA approved City Centre Security Officers
  • They assist the police in dealing with this anti-social behaviour

A CONTROVERSIAL IDEA?

Critics claim it's a bad idea.

They fear it is another step towards the introduction of 'private police forces'.

NEW POWERS: BIG STEP FORWARD

Such has been the success of this partnership, that Venture Security, with full support from SCC and Wiltshire Police, have recently applied for and have now been granted additional powers by the Wiltshire Chief Constable to further assist SCC in dealing with anti-social behaviour.

These powers are already held by Venture Security for their similar operations in Winchester and have proved to be very successful there since introduced in October last year.

A close up picture of the hi-viz jackets worn by two Police officers in Salisbury.
Wiltshire's Chief Constable has agreed extra powers for the City Council's private security officers to help deal with anti-social behaviour.

Community Policing Team Insp Pete Sparrow:

"We fully support this change to the CCSO's role and responsibility and as has been proven over the last two years, the presence of the CCSO's has made a significant difference in our efforts to curb low level criminality and ASB. Our officers regularly liaise with the CCSO's and patrol with them and this activity will not change."

Cllr Sven Hocking said:

"Today marks another important step in the relationship between Salisbury City Council, Venture Security and the Wiltshire Police with the delegation of Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers by the police to the CCSO's. These additional powers will enable closer partnership working and additional evidence gathering capabilities which will increase the capacity to further reduce anti-social behaviour issues in the city."

Paul Howe, Managing Director at Venture Security said:

"It is a genuine honour to be the first organisation to have been approved by Wiltshire Police under CSAS. This is something that we have been working towards for a very long time and we really appreciate the support we have received both from Wiltshire Police and Salisbury City Council on this project. Our officers have already made a big difference in Salisbury over the past two years and CSAS will enable them to be even more effective in dealing with antisocial behaviour on the street."

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