Bournemouth Council is applying for officers to have the power to issue fines for anti-social behaviour in Boscombe.
Four members of council staff would be able to crack down on illegal cycling, street drinking and more, to help the ‘under resourced’ police.
The council would need to get approval from Dorset Police first, and officers would then need to be trained before they could issue the penalty notices.Oh, great!
Boscombe West Cllr Jane Kelly, also a cabinet member for regeneration, said the powers would go to four existing staff.
She said: “It’s a wonderful idea. The police are so stretched they can’t do it all.
“From my conversations, the officers they are really keen, they want the place to look better, they want to stop anti-social behaviour.”Do they? And if so, will they target Stabby McChav when he lets Fang defecate on the pavement, or swigs from a can of Special Brew while hurling abuse at passers by?
Or will they quickly cross to the other side of the road and deal with the far more urgent matter of a mother whose toddler has dropped a crisp packet?
Cllr David Smith, cabinet member for communities, said: “This scheme is still in its infancy.
“I am personally keen to get as many powers as possible that the Chief Constable is allowed to give.”Yes. I’ll just bet you are…
Colchester has been one of the leading councils in giving officers enforcement powers.
Cllr Tim Young, its cabinet member for community safety, said: “It’s worked very well indeed.
“They issue a number of fixed penalty notices and it just allows the police to get on with the more serious matters.”But…does it stop the ASB?
Isn’t that the real test, rather than how many fines are issued (and maybe even a few actually paid)..?