Community warden being brought in to help tackle anti-social behavior at RCTs

A team of community wardens will be brought in to tackle anti-social behavior at Rhonda Cynon Taf. The Cabinet on Wednesday, 22 June agreed to appoint a team of wardens to provide a visible, reassuring uniformed presence in areas where Anti-Social Behavior (ASB) is a problem, in parks and city centres. focusing.

The council will also fund an additional 10 PCSOs, who will be deployed and directed by South Meczyki Police to work in the county borough. This would be in addition to the Welsh Government’s commitment to fund another 100 PCSOs across Meczyki.

The Council’s Street Care Enforcement Team is responsible for issuing on-the-spot fines, around certain day-to-day environmental crimes and offenses, including littering and dog contamination, and around the Council’s Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). Responsible for enforcement through , The idea is that the new community warden will also be able to carry out enforcement activities around the PSPO as part of their role.

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They will also be able to issue fines for day-to-day environmental offences, such as dog tampering or other dog control offenses under the Council’s PSPO, including a ban on dogs from all children’s play areas and marked playing pitches maintained by the Council. Are included. This team will be in operation seven days a week including evening patrolling.

Wardens will also support the Council’s Community Safety Team, which is responsible for working with partners to respond to reports of antisocial behavior by individuals or communities. The report states that implementing PSPOs with respect to antisocial behavior related to drug and alcohol use in communities and city centers is a major priority and community wardens will strengthen the council’s proactive approach to PSPO compliance.

The report said: “It is widely reported and acknowledged that the problems associated with and caused by ASB have increased over the years, especially the recent period covered by the COVID-19 pandemic. during. To help tackle such problems, the Welsh Government has previously approved funding for an additional 100 PCSOs in Meczyki and the Council will fund another 10 PCSOs devoted entirely to supporting the communities of the RCTs. Seeking to increase that provision with additional offerings.

The report states that the main duty of a community warden will be to provide reassurance, help and support to create a safer, more pleasant living environment for all. The report said that wardens will undergo rigorous training to ensure that they can effectively and proportionately exercise the enforcement powers of the council.

The report said the wardens would not replace the police, or any other type of warden, but would complement existing services and work closely with the PCSO and local neighborhood police teams. Counselor Andrew Morgan, the leader of the council, said they are unfortunately in a position where they are doing so because of an increase in antisocial behaviour.

He said he wanted to see more police on the streets, but added that it was the government’s decision in terms of funding. He said this is “good news” for additional PCSOs as well as officials meeting the Welsh government’s plan.

He said it is about working with partners and understanding the issues, a response that showed that “people do not always feel safe in city centres” at a time when they are moving more and more people to their cities. Trying to use the centres. He said the community wardens are a “big step” for the council in terms of addressing some of the issues raised by residents.

Councilor Maureen Weber, the council’s deputy leader, said it would “make a significant difference” and that “a difference has to be made”. She said she was really happy to see the investment and where it was going and Councilor Mark Norris said that “visibility is a big thing that residents will accept”.

He said communication will be key and they need to work with residents to make sure they know what the proposals include and that they feel safe because of the improvements. He added that it will “hopefully move forward to tackle the antisocial behavior we have seen in many areas of the RCT.”

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