Since the decision was taken by Sussex Police preventing Crowborough Town Council from funding a dedicated PCSO, discussions have been taking place as to whether or not to appoint a Community Warden, and a Working Group was established to investigate the options.
In September, the Chief Executive of the Sussex Associations of Local Councils spoke to Councillors about pilot schemes in Forest Row and Haywards Heath. Last year, Chris Harrison, the long-standing PCSO in Crowborough, was appointed as the Community Warden in Forest Row.
The Community Warden will be a full-time position and will be appointed for an initial 18-month period. They will work a flexible shifts pattern between the hours of 8am and 11pm, seven-days a week. The Community Warden will patrol the town, mainly on foot, to act as a visible uniformed presence to deter crime and anti-social behaviour. They will monitor for graffiti, fly-tipping and vandalism and will report highway defects. They will also use the Operation Crackdown website to report driving and parking offences to Sussex Police.
The person appointed will work towards the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. Under the Police Reform Act 2002, the Chief Constable can choose to accredit personal powers to issue fixed penalties for issues such as littering and dog fouling and give them the right to seize alcohol and tobacco from under-age young people.
It is hoped the person appointed will be in post by the autumn.
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