Community safety accreditation scheme (CSAS) is a scheme under which chief constables can choose to accredit employed people already working in roles that contribute to maintaining and improving community safety with limited but targeted powers.
The scheme creates a framework for public and private bodies to work in partnership with the police, providing more uniformed presence in communities.
All schemes are managed, monitored and assessed at a local level by the responsible police force.
The Police Reform Act 2002 sets out a number of requirements on chief constables before they can make an accreditation. They must be satisfied of the following:
- The employing organisation must be fit and proper to supervise the work of an accredited person.
- The employing organisation must have a satisfactory complaints procedure.
- The employee is suitable to exercise the powers that are to be conferred upon him.
- The employee is capable of effectively carrying out the functions for the purpose of which these powers are being conferred upon him.
- The employee has received adequate training for the exercise of these powers.
Each force decides the standards to which it wishes to apply these requirements. The standards of capability and training required vary depending on the role being carried out by the accredited person and the powers that are being included in their accreditation. However, Association of Chief Police Officers guidance is that employees seeking accreditation should have a Community Safety Accredited Persons Training Certificate.
The status of employees
Accredited persons are not employed by the police. They remain under the full control of their employer.
Any liability for unlawful conduct by an accredited person while making use of their CSAS powers rests with the employer.
Review of accreditation
The Chief Officer may change or withdraw a person’s accreditation at any time. The employer must notify the CSAS Manager of the local force of any change in the circumstances of an employee.
Powers that may be granted to an accredited person
Every accredited person will carry an identification card. This card sets out the powers an individual is trained and authorised to use. A person commits an offence if they fail to comply with any authorised request from an accredited person or fails to provide their name and address when required.
It is an offence to:
- assault, resist or wilfully obstruct an accredited person in the execution of their duty or any person assisting them;
- impersonate an accredited person with intent to deceive or make any statement or do any act calculated to falsely suggest that a person is accredited.
Accredited persons can only exercise their powers in the area of the Force that has accredited them and must be able to present, on request, a document detailing their accreditation.
How to apply
There are different procedures for applying for accreditation for public sector and private sector employers.
A public sector employer should apply to the Chief Constable. Write to:
Lincolnshire Police Headquarters
A private sector company should apply to Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Ltd, (PCPI) a company owned by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). PCPI Ltd will then inform chief constables of companies in their areas that it recommends for approval.
A private sector application pack is available on the CSAS website.
More help and support
Force CSAS Officer
Sgt 845 Clive Farmer
CSAS accredited staff
Companies approved to apply for CSAS contracts in Lincolnshire force area.
Cash and Traffic Management Ltd - CTM
CTM, Unit 2a Arley Industrial Estate, Colliers Way, Arley, Coventry, CV7 8HN.
Dave Skells Traffic Management LTD (DSTM Ltd)
Highways Depot, Manby Middlegate, Manby, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8EB
Combined Services Provider CSP
Unit 1, Abloy House, Hatters Lane, Croxley Business Park, Watford, WD18 8AJ
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