Community Safety Accreditation Scheme Details Request

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Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Would you please provide me with the following information:

How many 'Accredited Persons' have been granted powers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) by the Chief Constable of your police force?

Please provide details of which powers these people have been granted.

Please provide details of the organisation employing any 'Accredited Persons'.

Please provide details of the training undergone by these persons in order to satisfy the requirements of the CSAS in line with section 40 of the Police Reform Act 2002, relative to each power granted.

Please provide details of how regularly these persons are checked. I.e. training up to date and what checks are made.

Please proved contact details of the Officer(s)/Person(s) dealing with such CSAS in your force.

Please provide details of the criteria requirements for CSAS scheme in your force.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Vaughan

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear Ben

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Dear Ben

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0576/2010

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, dated 5th December 201 and received in Cambridgeshire
Constabulary as:

1. How many 'Accredited Persons' have been granted powers under the
Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) by the Chief Constable of
your police force?
2. Please provide details of which powers these people have been granted.

3. Please provide details of the organisation employing any 'Accredited
Persons'.
4. Please provide details of the training undergone by these persons in
order to satisfy the requirements of the CSAS in line with section 40 of
the Police Reform Act 2002, relative to each power granted.
5. Please provide details of how regularly these persons are checked. I.e.
training up to date and what checks are made.

6. Please proved contact details of the Officer(s)/Person(s) dealing with
such CSAS in your force.

7. Please provide details of the criteria requirements for CSAS scheme in
your force.

Please note the addition of question numbers for clarity.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
published, and therefore in the public domain without caveat.

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

1. How many 'Accredited Persons' have been granted powers under the
Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) by the Chief Constable of
your police force?

There are two Community Safety Accreditation Schemes (CSAS) within the
Cambridgeshire force area. One is restricted to VOSA (Vehicle and
Operators Services Agency) Officers.

The 3 APs at VOSA are all VOSA officers, who have the power to stop
vehicles, however these officers do not always work in Cambridgeshire.

The other CSAS scheme is at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. What
follows is the response for the Addenbrookes scheme ONLY.

There are 8 Accredited Persons (APs) in the CSAS at Addenbrookes Cambridge
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

2. Please provide details of which powers these people have been granted.

All 8 Addenbrookes APs have been accredited with the same 3 powers. These
are
listed below:

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| POWER |
| LEGISLATION |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Power to issue penalty notices for disorder: |
| |
| Power of a constable in uniform to give a penalty notice under Chapter |
| 1 of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in respect of |
| the offences of disorder listed in Table 2 |
| |
| Paragraph 1(2)(a) of Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Power to require giving of name and address: |
| |
| Power to require the name and address of a person whom an accredited |
| person has reason to believe has committed a relevant offence* |
| |
| Paragraph 2 of Schedule 5 to the Police Reform Act 2002 |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Power to require name and address for anti-social behaviour: |
| |
| Power of a constable in uniform under section 50 of the Police Reform |
| Act 2002 to require a person whom she or he has reason to believe to |
| have been acting, or to be acting, in an anti-social manner to give |
| her or his name and address. |
| |
| Paragraph 3 of Schedule 5 to the Police Reform Act 2002 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

* ***Relevant offences*** are defined under paragraph 2(3) of Schedule 5
of the Police Reform Act 2002 as relevant fixed penalty offences in
relation to which the accredited person is able to give a fixed penalty
notice under paragraph 1 of Schedule 5 or an offence that appears to the
accredited person to have caused injury, alarm or distress to another
person or loss of or damage to another person***s property. It is an
offence to fail to comply with an accredited person's requirement.

Relevant legislation

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Offences for which Addenbrookes CSAS Accredited Persons may issue |
| penalty notices for disorder under Chapter 1 Part 1 of the Criminal |
| Justice and Police Act 2001 |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 |
| |
| Behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

3. Please provide details of the organisation employing any 'Accredited
Persons'.

The 8 APS are all managers who have some responsibility for security
working within the National Health Service or managers of contractual
companies working within the same location, who again will have some
responsibility for security. With regard to their precise role, more than
the above we would have to refer the writer to Addenbrookes Hospital.

4. Please provide details of the training undergone by these persons in
order to satisfy the requirements of the CSAS in line with section 40 of
the Police Reform Act 2002, relative to each power granted.

The Chief Constable has ensured that the APs have satisfactorily completed
the agreed ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) approved CSAS
syllabus. This was delivered through an approved trainer. In addition
localised Constabulary training has been delivered in relation to the 3
powers mentioned above.
Refresher training has also been delivered

5. Please provide details of how regularly these persons are checked.
I.e. training up to date and what checks are made.

Prior to accreditation each AP is vetted to ACPO standards, and are
individually interviewed as to suitability by constabulary officers. On an
annula basis thereafter each AP is re-vetted and re-interviewed. In
addition any staff issues are routinely monitored by both the constabulary
and the employer as part of routine quality assurance.
As mentioned above refresher training is provided and all activity, for
example, ticket issuing are quality checked by both the constabulary and
the employer.

6. Please proved contact details of the Officer(s)/Person(s) dealing
with such CSAS in your force.

PS 1220 Nick Lidstone: [email address]
PC 703 Karen Raine: [email address]

7.Please provide details of the criteria requirements for CSAS scheme in
your force.

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Regards

David

David Price
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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