Business Wardens gain targeted police powers under new initiative


Sussex Business Wardens have gained targeted police powers to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour as part of an initiative supported by Sussex PCC Katy Bourne and The Southern Co-operative.

Business Wardens operate under a public/private partnership and cover Eastbourne, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis and Haywards Heath.

Eight wardens, employed by SWL Security Services, have been trained and accredited with the new powers.

The Community Safety Accredited 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.

The new powers are:
· Power to deal with begging
· Power to require persons drinking in a designated places to surrender alcohol
· Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol
· Power to require name and address for ASB
· Power to require the name and address of a person whom an accredited person has reason to believe has committed a relevant offence

Two of the key responsibilities of the wardens are to:
· Support a business reporting a crime, so that the full report can be completed online (using third party platform Facewatch) and submitted directly to the Police Contact Centre
· Provide visible reassurance and crime prevention advice to the local business community and support police to reduce and prevent criminality, ASB and violence in and around businesses.

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said: “Business crime matters and is not victimless. This scheme is supporting business by tackling anti-social behaviour and helping to cultivate a vibrant economy.
“Anti-social behaviour such as aggressive begging can blight shopping areas in cities so this is about increased visibility and reassurance for our high streets and all our residents.”

Gareth Lewis Loss Prevention & Security Services Manager for The Southern Co-operative said:
“We believe that the most effective way of tackling and improving community safety issues is for all within the community including business, to work together.

“Community safety is not the sole responsibility of the police, it is a collective responsibility and as a neighbourhood retailer, The Southern Co-operative is proud to be working collaboratively with Sussex police on this project.

“I would call on other businesses to join us in this partnership and help make their community safer.”

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