London,
27
September
2012
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Warden service making Hackney's streets cleaner and safer

Hackney's Community Safety Warden service is helping to clean the boroughs streets and make them safer according to new figures released. More 100 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) and warnings have been given for offences such as abandoned vehicles, noise abatement and enforcement and fly tipping since operations began in March 2012.

The wardens act as a key point of contact for residents on matters of community safety and are helping to address a variety of environmental and safety issues affecting communities, including concerns about anti-social behaviour, littering or broken street lighting.

All of the team have recently gained an accreditation, which gives them certain powers that are the same as a constable including the seizing of alcohol and dealing with disorderly behaviour. 39 powers have been granted in total, more than any other warden service in the country, in a pilot scheme in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police.

Firearms, knives and drugs have also been seized through joint operations with various police units, and intelligence has been gathered through the development of relationships with residents and community groups to help inform future patrols and operations.

The wardens plays a key function of Hackney's CCTV and Emergency Planning service and have assisted with providing security at some of the borough's major events such as the Radio One Weekender and the Torch Rely.

Councillor Sophie Linden, Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services, said: "The new Community Safety Warden service is contributing to making Hackney a cleaner and safer place to be. These results are being achieved through partnership working with the Police and neighbourhood community groups as well as through daily operations and patrols."

The wardens can help to address issues affecting your community. If you would like to contact your neighbourhood Warden, or invite them to a community event or group meeting, call: 020 8356 6867 (general enquires number, available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday); or email wardens@hackney.gov.uk
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For more information about the service, visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/safercommunities
. In an emergency call 999; to report a non-emergency crime call 101.

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