First in East England has become a member of Essex Police’s Community Safety Accreditation Scheme, granting properly accredited members of First Buses’ staff with powers to tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviour.
Inspector Sam Jarvis congratulated the staff on gaining accreditation and said: “We are pleased to welcome First Buses onto the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. The scheme provides benefits to Essex Police, First Buses and the local community by the joint approach to dealing with anti-social behaviour.”
Accredited First Buses staff have been granted:
– Power to require name and address;
– Power to require name and address for anti-social behaviour.
In addition, they will be able to assist Essex Police in dealing with incidents of: anti-social behaviour, disorder and nuisance, littering, underage drinking and graffiti.
In order to obtain accreditation, Essex Police has set strict guidelines that individuals must satisfy, including positive extensive police vetting and
training which First in East England successfully passed.
Alan Pilbeam, Managing Director of First East England said: “The safety of our passengers and staff is paramount in our operations. I am delighted
that we are able to work with the local authorities in helping to improve issues that affect our local communities.”
An ‘accredited person’ will display a national approved badge, and hold an identification card, stating their name, which will also confirm the powers that the individual has been granted by Essex Police.