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Kingdom Community Safety Scheme Accredited

imageKingdom is pleased to be approved as a company suitable to provide staff under the auspices of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).

CSAS is a voluntary scheme under which chief constables can choose to accredit employed people already working in roles which 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 additional uniformed presence in communities and capitalising on the skills and information captured by those already engaged with the community.

Kingdom’s Director of Environmental Protection, Michael Fisher, first applied to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in April 2014 for Kingdom to be place on the approved register as a company suitable to provide staff under CSAS. Kingdom then had to go through a process similar to a tender application which included an audit carried out the company by a senior member of the CSAS Accreditation Scheme.Following this process, Kingdom was approved as a company in July 2014 and so is able to provide CSAS trained and vetted staff for a variety of tasking on behalf of both local authorities and the police mainly relating to crime and disorder (low level) criminality.

When Kingdom requires their staff to have these powers they are required to vet their staff to enhanced level and then submit them for appropriate training concerning the invested powers which would be granted to them under the authority of the Chief Police Officer for the specified area.

The first Kingdom personnel to receive the required training were a section of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team working on behalf of Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire. Kingdom’s officers received four days of training linked to their duties, with other modules built in, including:

  • Identification evidence
  • Witness statement compilation
  • Statutory legislation training linked to their deployment
  • Anti-social behaviour offence training
  • Drugs awareness
  • Crime scene management
  • Initial incident response
  • Making a citizen’s arrest
  • Youth offending
  • Conflict management
  • Edged weapon awareness
  • First Aid

Commenting on the accreditation, Kingdom’s Director of Environmental Protection, Michael Fisher, said: “Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division now operates in conjunction with a large number of local authorities across the UK, many of whom work alongside local policing teams. There can be no doubt that the CSAS accreditation gives the police service and indeed our local authority customers the reassurance that Kingdom are a company built on integrity and the strongest and most transparent moral ethics, with honesty being a paramount requirement.”

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities. For more information about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/ or call 0845 051 7702.