Police to get helping hands

NSL, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, and the Greater Manchester Police have signed up to a new co-operation agreement aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in Tameside.

The new scheme, called Partnership Plus, was officially launched when representatives from the three organisations signed a new agreement to work more closely together.

NSL, which is contracted to enforce parking policy in the Metropolitan Borough, already has 25 Partnership Plus schemes across the UK in place, including four with Greater Manchester Police – Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham.

The agreement details how Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will assist police with their operations, including:

• receiving training by police to make them more skilled at reporting street crime swiftly and effectively.
• receiving briefings on particular incidents where police are looking for more information.
• assisting police with special operations, such as clampdowns on Blue Badge fraud, or vulnerable vehicle schemes, where motorists are reminded not to leave valuables on display when they leave their cars.
• The agreement also means police commit to increased support for Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO), to help ensure they feel they can do their jobs on street safely. This means police will:

  • • commit to ensuring that all assaults or abuse of CEOs are investigated promptly and where appropriate the offenders prosecuted.
  • • assist with conflict resolution training to ensure CEOs are increasingly well equipped to deal with difficult situations on street.

Nigel Coltman, Enforcement Solution Director at NSL said: “We already have terrific support from the police across the whole force area – but this agreement specifies several useful ways we can help each other.

It will help us to further reduce the level of assaults and abuse our colleagues receive while carrying out their duties – and we hope that we will be able to give something back to the police by providing more formal support in terms of observing and recording street crime and disorder.”

A spokesperson for the Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council said: “Our Civil Enforcement Officers’ main objective is to maintain safe, steady traffic flows through Tameside’s streets but, through working more closely with the Police, they can become an even greater asset to our Borough. We hope that this initiative, linking Civil Enforcement Officers with the Police, provides an extra set of eyes and ears that are willing and able to offer a helping hand, and improve public safety in Tameside.”

A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Police said: Chief Inspector Steve McFarlane from Ashton Police station said “This is another example of how we work with our key partner agencies across Tameside to make communities safer. Having a closer working relationship with NSL staff will further increase our information sharing opportunities to improve the way we deliver policing at neighbourhood level”

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For further information, please contact Dr Belinda Webb, NSL Head of Communications, on 020 7430 6912 or 07825 088794.
Notes to Editors:
• NSL employs more than 4,500 people and has over 100 offices throughout the UK. NSL provides tailored solutions for the following markets:
o Enforcement – on and off-street enforcement services; NSL is the UK’s biggest employer of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), Parking Attendants, and Traffic Attendants. NSL manages over 500 car-parks and delivers effective traffic management enforcement services for most of the UK’s major cities, including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, and London – where NSL works in partnership with 18 Boroughs.
o Patient and Passenger Transport –non-emergency and specialist NHS patient transport services. Passenger transport services across Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
o Business Processing – identity validation solutions, and back office operations, including Shared Service Centres in Croydon, Coventry and Oldham for Transport for London (TfL), Local Government and the NHS.
o Consultancy – NSL provides a wide range of consultancy services, including parking design, traffic modelling, urban design and road safety engineering.
• NSL is an Investor in People Champion, and was awarded an Investor in People GOLD Award, joining the top 2% of UK organisations to have achieved the prestigious standard, which is given only to organisations who can demonstrate excellence in developing and supporting their staff