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 Darlington's new Community Safety Team launched


CHIEF constable Jo Farrell was delighted to help launch Darlington’s new Community Safety Team this afternoon.
The team aims to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as provide reassurance, make the town cleaner and greener and help provide a safe and secure community for residents and visitors.
Mrs Farrell joined members of Darlington Borough Council, other partners and residents to mark the occasion at The Dolphin Centre where she presented the new civic enforcement officers with their Community Safety Accreditation, giving them the same 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, 8am to 10pm.
They 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.
Mrs 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.”
Members of the public are invited to meet the new team at a special event in the Market Square and Dolphin Centre foyer on Sunday, between 10am and 3pm.