What is CSAS?
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) is a national scheme which was introduced under the Police Reform Act 2002, schedule 5 and has been active in Devon and Cornwall since 2005.
CSAS allows organisations and their employees, who are involved in community safety and/or traffic management, the opportunity to become accredited with limited powers by the Chief Constable to further assist them within their current role.
There is a commitment between both the police and organisations accredited under CSAS to work together to tackle low level crime and disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour and to make safer communities for individuals to live, work and visit.
Who can be part of the scheme?
A variety of organisations can become accredited under CSAS.
- Local Authority neighbourhood and street wardens
- Housing association, countryside officers or Park Rangers
- Security guards/ staff
- Fire and Rescue service personnel
- Housing Association employees
- Environmental Health Officers
- Parking Attendants
- Stewards at Sports stadiums
- Traffic Management Operatives
What powers are available?
Once accredited, individuals will be authorised to exercise agreed powers appropriate to their role, vetting, accreditation and training.
These could include:
- Access to and share information and intelligence with the police
- Request name and address of a person committing an offence such as acting in an anti-social manner or an individual who commits a road traffic offence; failure or refusal to comply is an offence.
- Power to issue penalty notices to tackle anti-social behaviour
- Power to seize alcohol or tobacco from under age persons
- Power to direct and control traffic
A full list of available powers can be found here.
IMPORTANT: It is an offence to:
- Fail or refuse to provide an accredited person with your name and address.
- Assault an accredited person or person assisting them.
- To obstruct an accredited person or person assisting them
How will I know if an organisation or individual is accredited through CSAS?
Each organisation that is accredited within Devon and Cornwall is listed at the bottom of this page.
To be able to use their power each accredited person must:
- Be in uniform
- Display the CSAS logo on their uniform
- Carry with them both a powers cards, identifying powers they are accredited with, and a police issued ID badge
- Be on duty (at work)
Any of these items can be requested by a member of the public or officer or staff at any reasonable time and should be produced.
The scheme comes with a number of benefits for both the police, accredited organisations and communities we serve.
The benefits include:
- The standardisation of training and vetting procedures for all accredited persons who carry out community safety and security functions.
- Better communication and improved confidence between the police and its partners agencies
- The formalisation of relationships within the extended police family
- Public reassurance of the professionalism of those accredited persons patrolling the streets and working in the community
- Limited, but targeted powers for an accredited person to make them more effective in the role they undertake.
Minimum Standards Required
In ordered to become CSAS accredited, organisations and employees must meet minimum standards required in relation to training, management, accountability and vetting.
- Employers must be able to verify that an employee nominated for accreditation is performing to a required and satisfactory standard in their role
- All employees nominated for accreditation must successfully complete specific CSAS training to a minimum standard by an approved trainer
- All accredited persons must undertake regular CSAS refresher training. One day every 3 years is the recommended minimum training requirement.
- Accredited persons must take part in PREVENT training. PREVENT training aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised or being drawn into terrorism.
- All employees nominated for accreditation must successfully pass police vetting to a nationally set standard
- Employers must ensure they have completed initial recruitment checks prior to nominating an individual for accreditation, in accordance with the Authorised Professional Practice.
Supervision and Accountability
- Managers within the organisation must also undergo training even if they are not accredited to be able to appropriately supervise accredited persons
- ‘On street’ supervision should be carried out at times
- Each organisation that has accreditation must designate a senior member of staff who will be responsible for ensuring compliance with standards set in CSAS e.g. a manager or company director.
- Organisations and accredited individuals are also subject to regular monitoring and quality assurance within their role by employees of the police.
- All individuals looking to become accredited within a security role, must first be SIA (Security Industry Authority) accredited.
How CSAS has been used
The below video, created by Cornwall Council, is an example of how CSAS can be used by local authorities to assist them when dealing with anti-social behaviour offences.
Who do I contact?
Should you have any questions, would like to provide feedback or would like to find out more on how your organisation can become part of the scheme please contact the CSAS Manager on:
T: 01392 226653