Rotherham: Wardens have new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

The wardens with their framed accreditation certificate
The wardens with their framed accreditation certificate

Rotherham Council wardens have teamed up with South Yorkshire Police to strengthen their powers in the the fight against anti-social behaviour.

Thanks to South Yorkshire Police’s community safety accreditation scheme, wardens now have stronger powers to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour, allowing for faster response times, joined-up working and a stronger presence on the streets.

The new approach, in operation from the beginning of the year, will be used when needed and will help deal with such issues as the drinking of alcohol in the street and public places.

Coun Rose McNeely, the council’s cabinet member for safe and attractive neighbourhoods, said: “The council has taken the opportunity to look to ways that our wardens can be more effective in combatting anti-social behaviour and, in showing that they have met the police’s standards to be accredited, now have more ways that they can address such unacceptable behaviour.”

“We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic team of wardens who want to make a difference in our neighbourhoods and have been fundamental in ensuring that the introduction of the scheme has been possible.”

“The way we use these powers will be kept under review and, if successful, may lead to the police releasing further powers to us in the future.”

Coun Richard Russell, the council’s cabinet member for waste and emergency planning added: “Our neighbourhood wardens will be working in areas where anti-social behaviour is more prevalent.”

“However, we will have the continued benefit of our two Rotherham Town Centre wardens who are also are accredited to use these new powers to deal, in particular, with disruptive street drinkers.”

“These powers will complement their enforcement activity in relation to littering.”

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth said: “Officers continue to work closely with partners to tackle issues, such as antisocial behaviour, that causes concern among the community and impacts on the lives of residents.”

“These additional powers are a valuable addition and will help enhance the positive work already being done in Rotherham.”