Expanding national security firm Ward Security has been accredited by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to join the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) further enhancing its employees’ ability to serve the public.
The CSAS is a Home Office initiative that was introduced in 2002, to enable chief constables to designate certain limited but targeted police powers to employees of non-police organisations who contribute towards community safety and security. The scheme creates a framework for public and private bodies to work in partnership with the police, providing an additional uniformed presence in local communities.
Ward Security received the accreditation after successfully completing a rigorous vetting procedure. The company’s application for the scheme was strengthened by its membership of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme, which demands standards in the provision of security services similar to those required by the CSAS.
CSAS accreditation means that Ward Security can put forward employees to the ACPO to become Accredited Persons (APs), who can be identified by a special, CSAS issued badge. AP status allows a person to deal with nuisances such as littering, dog fouling, cycling on the pavement and disorder offences such as anti-social behaviour.
David Ward, Managing Director at Ward Security, commented: “Ward Security has always prided itself on providing the very highest level of service to our clients as well as the wider public. We are thrilled to have achieved Community Safety Accreditation and be recognised for our professionalism by the APCO. Our participation in the scheme will enhance the already very strong relationships we have forged with police forces up and down the country.”