Introducing Safer Communities Involvement Officers

A team of three Safer Communities Involvement Officers provide a reassuring link for residents and Town and Parish councils, and are committed to ensuring that Central Bedfordshire is a great place to live and work.

They proactively respond to concerns about a range of community safety issues, including low level anti-social behaviour, dog fouling, fly tipping and much more.

The officers give advice, support and guidance while providing a visible presence within communities across Central Bedfordshire.

Working with partner agencies including, Bedfordshire Police, local councillors, other internal departments and independent charities enables them to research, design, and support delivery of positive community safety solutions.

When out and about in your communities they value time spent engaging with residents, so please stop them for a chat and take the opportunity to raise any community safety concerns you have. Your feedback is enormously useful to us and helps them to respond to local needs.

Recently noteworthy...

  • Safer Communities Involvement Officer undertook a litter pick with CBC Youth Voice and Cllr Goodchild around Houghton Hall Park, Park Road North, Red House Court and High Street.
  • Safer Business Officer and Safer Communities Involvement Officer carried out visits to numerous businesses in Bedford Square.
  • General patrols have been carried out by Safer Communities Involvement Officer this has included engaging with residents and dog walkers and giving out free poo bags/poo bag holders and offering advice.
  • Safer Communities Involvement Officer supported CBC Housing in carrying out community engagement in the Chelsea Gardens area.
  • Safer Communities Involvement Officer has been assigned as a SPOC for Houghton Regis Town Council, working in partnership with HRTC and partners in creating a Community Safety Plan. 

Why is a local authority responsible for keeping a community safe?

Community safety is also a key concern for ward members. It determines how people perceive their neighbourhood and helps to reduce the fear of crime. The public will have more power to hold the police and community safety partnership to account and feel empowered to reclaim their communities.

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Neighbourhood Safer

1. Make friends with neighbours
2. Organise neighbourhood safety efforts
3. Look after your own property
4. Make it look like you’re home when you are away.
5. Close windows and curtains at night, lift door handle, and turn the key.
6. Improve street lighting; encourage neighbours to leave a porch light on
7. Install a security system

This CBC community safety website has a range of information and links relating to community safety, such as:
  • reporting anti-social behaviour
  • reporting abandoned vehicles
  • reporting highways faults
  • details about dog control orders

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