Community Safety Wardens
Published: Fri, 6 Feb 2015
Fermanagh’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is implementing a new Community Safety Warden Programme in Fermanagh, funded jointly with the Housing Executive.
The project which will run initially for eight weeks, received £5,000 from the Housing Executive with the remaining £1,600 from Fermanagh PCSP, and will be delivered by Securitas.
Two Community Safety Wardens will be employed to pursue issues such as low-level anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, dog fouling and littering.
The wardens will carry out high visibility patrols in previously identified ‘hot spot’ areas working closely with the local community to build knowledge. They will identify the particular needs for the community and pinpoint other areas which may be at risk of anti-social behaviour and low-level crime. Using the latest technology daily reports and referrals will be made to the partnering agencies to support a swift response.
In welcoming the initiative Councillor Paul Robinson, Chairman of Fermanagh PCSP, stated:
“Fermanagh PCSP is delighted to work with the Housing Executive to bring this worthwhile project to the County. It demonstrates both organisations’ commitment to making Fermanagh a safer place in which to live, work and socialise.
I believe our Community Safety Wardens will prove key contacts for local residents and businesses providing an essential link between the local community and statutory agencies.”
Our Area Manager, Oonagh McAvinney, is pleased to see the initiative launch in Fermanagh commenting:
“At the heart of the Housing Executive’s work is creating communities in which everyone feels safe and happy to live. When the warden scheme was first discussed at a PSCP meeting the team in our local office was keen to support it. We were delighted to be able to fund the pilot which I trust will prove successful and continue.”
The Community Safety Wardens, started their patrols on Wednesday, 4 February 2015, are undertaking other roles including:
Providing a high standard of assistance to the public, especially visitors
Providing a point of contact to the business community in order to assist with any problems they may be experiencing.