Our neighbourhood safety officers (NSOs) work closely with the police safer neighbourhood teams, internal teams and departments and other partner agencies to support community safety.

They are based in 3 areas:

  • North
  • South
  • Central

The NSOs enforce national legislation in line with local and statutory legislation to deal with anti-social behaviour and environmental offences. They can:

  • request name and address of a person for a fixed penalty notice (FPN) and offences that cause injury, alarm and distress to another person or damage or loss of another's property
  • request name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner
  • confiscate alcohol from any person under the age of 18 years
  • confiscate alcohol from any person in a designated public place
  • confiscate cigarettes and tobacco products from any person under the age of 16 years

NSOs investigate incidents of:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • environmental crime (which includes):
  • littering
  • fly-tipping

They also act as professional witnesses, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and perpetrators and taking statements that can be used as evidence in the courts. In addition they undertake a raft of prevention, intervention and diversion activities eg referring a young person for acceptable behaviour agreements (ABAs).

Neighbourhood safety team