Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

About the scheme

In 2013, the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner authorised the establishment of a Community Safety Accreditation Scheme in Thames Valley Police.

To become CSAS accredited, all organisations (public and private sector companies) must pass a strict application process, as detailed by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO, now known as the National Police Chief’s Council). If successful, their employees are then vetted and trained to the prescribed standard. These people remain employed by their organisation, not by Thames Valley Police and are not directly tasked or coordinated by Thames Valley Police. We will however ensure that all individual schemes are managed, monitored and assessed at a local level.

The scheme creates a framework for public and private bodies to work in partnership with the police, providing an additional uniformed presence in communities and capitalising on the skills and information captured by those already engaged with the community.

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