Darlington residents are invited to meet the new Community Safety Team, which has been formed to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.
The team has been created by Darlington Borough Council as part of a radical shake up of services following views from residents that community safety should be one of the council’s top priorities.
Members of the public will be able to meet the Community Safety Team at a special event in the Market Square and Dolphin Centre on Sunday, June 30th, 2019 between 10am and 3pm.
Representatives from Durham Police, County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service, Blood Bikes and more will also be on hand to talk about their work.
There will also be the chance to have a behind-the-scenes look at the CCTV control room on a series of tours.
The new Community Safety Team aims to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as provide reassurance; to make the town cleaner and greener and to help provide a safe and secure community for residents and visitors.
The new team was officially launched at a special ceremony in the Dolphin Centre Central Hall, which was attended by representatives from key partner organisations and local community groups.
During the ceremony, the council’s Civic Enforcement Officers were presented with their Community Safety Accreditation by Durham Police’s Chief Constable Jo Farrell. This accreditation gives them powers normally reserved for police officers.
The highly-trained, uniformed team will use distinctive yellow and black vehicles to ensure high visibility and reassurance as they patrols the streets of the borough, seven days a week between 8am-10pm.
Not only will they act as a deterrent, but will also investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute cases of anti-social behaviour, fly tipping, litter, dog fouling, illegal parking and vehicles that are untaxed, dangerous or causing an obstruction or nuisance.
Councillor Jonathan Dulston, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for community safety said: “The new Community Safety Team signals the start of a new era for the borough of Darlington.
“We want to work closely with communities to deliver improvements to public safety and reassure our residents that we are listening and taking their concerns seriously.
“Most of our residents are law abiding and community-spirited but unfortunately they are consistently being let down by a tiny minority who do not show consideration for their fellow residents.
“Our new team provides the borough with the capability to safeguard our streets and clamp down on those who infringe on the rights and safety of others. This event is a great opportunity for people to come along and meet the team and our partners to find out more.”
Councillor Heather Scott, Darlington Borough Council leader, added: “The introduction of the new team provides an exciting opportunity to build on our excellent foundation of working with local communities and provide improved and lasting solutions to crime and disorder in Darlington.
“Our ultimate aim is to keep people safe and we remain determined to secure an environment in which our residents and visitors can enjoy.”
Durham Police Chief Constable Jo Farrell, said: “The launch of the Community Safety Team reinforces our commitment to work in partnership with local organisations to provide a safer community for the people of Darlington.
“Their work will complement the work of our local neighbourhood policing team to help improve the quality of life for people in the borough.”
Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg added: “It’s great to see so many different skills being brought together in the new Community Safety Team.
“I’m sure this integration will help the service to be as effective and efficient as possible for the people of Darlington, and it’s a possible model for other places to follow.”
Source: Darlington Borough Council