Venture becomes first organisation within Wiltshire to be accredited with police powers

We are delighted to announce that Venture Security is the first organisation to be accredited by Wiltshire Police under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS). As of Saturday 24th August 2019, our accredited security officers will now have low level police powers to help tackle anti-social behaviour within Salisbury city centre.

CSAS is a voluntary scheme, whereby chief constables can give individuals involved in community safety, low level police powers. The aim of the scheme is to help maintain and improve community safety, by reducing levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.

To achieve CSAS accreditation the team from Venture have worked closely with Wiltshire Police to become the first organisation in the country to be accredited by Wiltshire Police under CSAS. The process included undertaking a robust vetting process and assessment, and our staff being police screened and completing both practical and classroom-based training.

Since July 2017, in response to a rise in low level anti-social behaviour across the city, Salisbury City Council contracted Venture Security Management Ltd to provide SIA approved City Centre Security Officers (CCSO’s) in an effort to assist the police in dealing with this anti-social behaviour. Such has been the success of this partnership, that Venture Security, with full support from SCC and Wiltshire Police, has recently applied for and been granted additional powers by the Wiltshire Chief Constable, to further assist SCC in dealing with anti-social behaviour.

From August 24, Venture's CCSOs will be patrolling the city with greater powers to deal with both begging and under-18 street drinking, as part of their role in conjunction with Wiltshire Police.

These powers are already held by Venture Security for their similar operations in Winchester and have proven to be very successful there, since being introduced in November last year.

Community Policing Team Insp Pete Sparrow: “We fully support this change to the CCSO’s role and responsibility and as has been proven over the last two years, the presence of the CCSO’s has made a significant difference in our efforts to curb low level criminality and ASB. Our officers regularly liaise with the CCSO’s and patrol with them and this activity will not change.”

Cllr Sven Hocking said: “Today marks another important step in the relationship between Salisbury City Council, Venture Security and the Wiltshire Police with the delegation of Community Safety Accreditation Scheme powers by the police to the CCSO’s. These additional powers will enable closer partnership working and additional evidence gathering capabilities which will increase the capacity to further reduce anti-social behaviour issues in the city”.

Paul Howe, Managing Director at Venture Security said: “It is a genuine honour to be the first organisation to have been approved by Wiltshire Police under CSAS. This is something that we have been working towards for a very long time and we really appreciate the support we have received both from Wiltshire Police and Salisbury City Council on this project. Our officers have already made a big difference in Salisbury over the past two years and CSAS will enable them to be even more effective in dealing with antisocial behaviour on the street.”

The new powers given to the CSAS accredited security officers, include:

  1. Power to require giving of name and address
  2. Power to require name and address for anti-social behaviour
  3. Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol
  4. Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16
  5. Power to deal with begging