Traffic warden community patrol lowers crime levels

first_imgTraffic warden community patrol lowers crime levelsOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. A pilot scheme in Lancaster that redeployed traffic wardens as communitysafety patrol officers has led to a 14 per cent reduction in crime anddisorder. In addition to the drop in crime, independent research shows that during thesix-month pilot scheme, reassurance levels among the public increased by morethan 10 per cent. The initiative was launched by Lancaster Police in October 2001 when sixtraffic wardens were re-trained to help patrol the community and ease theburden on police time. The officers helped build better communications with the local community andco-ordinated with other agencies to deal with public concerns on littering,vandalism and juvenile behaviour. Victor Robinson, HR manager at Lancaster Police, said the scheme had nowbeen extended for another 12 months and the area covered by the officerswidened. “We’re expanding this in the long term to see what the impact will be.They’ve helped reduce problems and linked up with other agencies to get thingsdone,” he said. As part of their duties, the wardens helped create diversions in areasexperiencing juvenile nuisance by setting up football matches and otheractivities. Community safety staff are a key strand of David Blunkett’s Police ReformBill, but the Lancaster trial had a crucial difference because the wardensweren’t given any police powers. “The Government wants some community officers to have limited policepowers, but we decided against that. Over the course of the pilot they didn’tneed them,” added Robinson. By Ross Wighamlast_img