Your Accredited Persons Scheme

Josie Appleton made this Freedom of Information request to Stockton on Tees Council

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Dear Stockton on Tees Council,

I would like to know about your involvement in a police accredited persons scheme.

I would like to know –

1. The number of council staff who are accredited persons, and the powers they hold;

2. Any records you hold on the activities of these accredited persons, including:
- any fines they have issued (if possible, please give annual figures broken down by offence);
- the number of incidents of alcohol confiscation.
It is part of the conditions of the accredited persons scheme that you keep records of this kind.

Yours faithfully,

Josie Appleton

DANS FOI Requests, Stockton on Tees Council

Dear Josie Appleton

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE - 9392

 

Thank you for your email received on 28 March 2012 outlining your request
for information on Accredited Persons Scheme.

 

I am considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
You will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale
of 20 working days in the most appropriate manner, either electronically
or paper copy; therefore you can expect to receive a reply no later than
27 April 2012.

 

However, please note the Act defines a number of exemptions that may
prevent release of the requested information. There will therefore be an
assessment of your request to determine if any exemptions apply to the
information requested. If the information cannot be released, or only
released in part you will be informed of the reasons why together with any
rights of appeal.

 

If the information requested refers to a third party, I may consult them
before deciding whether it can be released.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information is being
handled, you can request a review or submit a complaint by writing to:

Customer Comments Department, Customer Comments, Stockton-on-Tees Borough
Council, PO BOX 660, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees,
TS18 1WY or via email [email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.gov.uk

 

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.

 

Kind regards

Rachael Hartley

Business Support Officer

 

Performance and Business Services

Development and Neighbourhood Services

Stockton on Tees Borough Council

Municipal Buildings

Church Road

Stockton on Tees

TS18 1LD

 

Tel -  01642 526750

Fax - 01642 527070

E-mail - [email address]

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DANS FOI Requests, Stockton on Tees Council

Dear Josie Appleton

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE - 9392

 

Thank you for your email dated 27 March 2012, requesting information on
Accredited Persons Scheme. 

 

In response to your request I can now provide the following information. 

 

     1. The number of council staff who are accredited persons, and the
powers they hold;

 

Stockton Council Neighbourhood Enforcement Service currently has, as of
29^th March 2012; a total of 16 officers which are accredited by Cleveland
Police through the Community Accreditation Scheme. The officers in
question currently hold the following powers, some of which are also
covered by their delegation of authority by the local government;

 

·         Power to require the name and address of a person acting in an
anti-social manner

·         Power to require the name and address for a fixed penalty
notice.

·         Power to require the name and address for offences that cause
injury, alarm, distress and loss or damage to property.

·         Power to issue a fixed penalty notice for dog fouling and
littering.

·         Power to issue a fixed penalty notice for graffiti, fly posting
and to parents of children who are truant.

·         Power to confiscate alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco products
from young people.

·         Power to confiscate alcohol for consumption in a designated
public place.

·         Power to require the removal of an abandoned vehicle.

·         Power to deal with begging.

·         Power to require the name and address for road traffic offences.

·         Power to stop vehicles for testing.

·         Power to direct traffic for the purposes of escorting an
abnormal load.

·         Power to control traffic for the purposes other than escorting a
load of exceptional dimensions.

 

As well as Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers, Stockton Council also
employs 6 Anti-Social behaviour officers who are accredited by Cleveland
Police and hold the following powers;

 

·         Power to require the name and address of a person acting in an
anti-social manner.

 

     2. Any records you hold on the activities of these accredited
persons, including:

     - any fines they have issued (if possible, please give annual figures
broken down by offence);

 

Any fines that have been issued;

 

Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers can issue fixed penalty notices for a
wide range of offences including those covered by the accreditation. Those
offences covered by the accreditation are also covered by a delegation of
authority from the local government of which they are employed by. In
relation to accredited powers for the financial year 2011 to 2012;

 

Littering –                197

Dog Fouling –          11

Graffiti –                  0         

Fly Posting –           5

Truancy -                 0

 

     - the number of incidents of alcohol confiscation.

 

The number of incidents of alcohol confiscation;

 

Alcohol seizure from a minor – 73 instances

Alcohol seizure in a control zone – 97 instances

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review or submit a complaint by writing to:

Customer Comments Department, Customer Comments, Stockton-on-Tees Borough
Council, PO BOX 660, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees,
TS18 1WY or via email [email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire,SK9 5AF.  Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [1]www.ico.gov.uk. 

 

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.

 

Kind Regards

 

Rachael Hartley

Business Support Officer

 

Development and Neighbourhood Services

Stockton on Tees Borough Council

Municipal Buildings

Church Road

Stockton on Tees

TS18 1LD

 

Tel - 01642 526750

Fax - 01642 527070

E-mail - [2][email address]

 

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