Officers from Dacorum Borough Council have been given limited policing powers as part of the community safety accreditation scheme, to help keep the district safe.
Community safety accreditation is a nationally recognised initiative which recognises the contribution that people like neighbourhood wardens, park rangers, local authority officers and security guards make to public safety in the community.
It provides the opportunity for organisations to work in partnership with the constabulary and be accredited with limited policing powers to help them undertake their roles more effectively.
By being given targeted police powers, an accredited person is better equipped to deal with issues such as anti-social behaviour, with the potential to address certain issues on the spot without the involvement of police.
On January 25 and 26, seven colleagues from Dacorum Borough Council attended a two-day training course where they were also presented with certificates and identity cards displaying the details of their new powers.
Dacorum Chief Inspector Paul Mitson said: “The community safety accreditation scheme is a great initiative and I am pleased to welcome these officers from Dacorum Borough Council into the extended policing family. They will work in partnership with the local safer neighbourhood team to further improve safety and reduce crime and disorder in the area.
“I am confident this will benefit the community and I hope it will help make members of the public feel safe and reassured.”