Community protection officers to be freed of paperwork shackles

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ASHFIELD District Council’s Cabinet has approved plans to restructure its team of community protection officers (CPOs) and rid them of paperwork.

There are 16 officers in Ashfield, who have a range of powers including issuing fixed-penalty notices and confiscating alcohol in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Under the new structure, there will be two new anti-social behaviour case officers who prepare evidence against offenders. It is hoped the move will free up CPOs to concentrate on street patrols.

At a Cabinet meeting, Coun Warren Nuttall (Lab) said: “People want to see our CPOs out there catching the people who are doing wrong.”

Deputy council leader, Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, added: “It is essential they are out there working, rather than having their time taken up with paperwork.”

The measures will also see the removal of the senior CPO role, along with the creation of a new anti-social behaviour and enforcement team leader and an additional CPO team leader.

There will now be one team leader for the north of the district and one for the south, which includes Hucknall.