Council officers in high-vis uniforms fight crime and antisocial behaviour (From This Is Local London)
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Council officers in high-vis uniforms fight crime and antisocial behaviour in Reigate and Banstead
Council officers have put on high-vis uniforms and joined police in a "pioneering" fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
Reigate and Banstead Joint Enforcement Team, which includes council officers with enforcement powers and police officers, is the first of its kind in Surrey.
The team hit the streets on their own for the first time earlier this month in a bid to tackle everything from dog fouling and cycling offences to squatters and street drinking.
So far they have assisted police with moving on travellers, apprehended graffiti suspects, dispersed a young crowd and investigated noise complaints.
The team has also helped to target inconsiderate parking at schools, fly-tipping, fly-posting, abandoned vehicles and anti-social driving.
The office of Kevin Hurley, police and crime commissioner for Surrey, said they are looking at rolling out the "pioneering" pilot project in other areas.
Mr Hurley said: "Time and again the public have told me that they want more done about the antisocial behaviour that blights their lives and the communities that they live in.
"By enforcing the law quickly and visibly against anti-social behaviour wherever we encounter it, we send out a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in Reigate and Banstead."
Councillor Victor Broad, leader of Reigate and Banstead Council, said: "We live in one of the safest counties in England but we know that the inconsiderate and antisocial behaviour by a minority is a serious concern to our residents.
"Working even more closely with Surrey Police and sharing some powers will enable us to deal with issues more effectively when they arise."
Leader of Reigate and Banstead Council, Victor Broad
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