Thanking our Community Protection Officers for their response to COVID

I would like to thank Community Protection Officers (CPO) who have been at the forefront of the City’s response to Covid-19. During the initial phase of lockdown CPO’s where carrying out high visibility patrols across the neighbourhoods and City Centre ensuring the public remained safe and well.

Officers played a large part in delivering homework and school packages to students that were unable to attend school and in addition continued to patrol parks and open spaces to ensure that children were not using equipment that had been isolated in order to comply with social distancing.

CPO’s responded to the city’s most vulnerable citizens who were either shielding or self-isolating for other means. Officers have carried out over 3000 welfare visits since March. This was in response to safety concerns raised by friends, families and neighbours whilst also carrying out additional welfare visits to establish contact with the many citizens that had appeared on the NHS shielding lists. CPO’s also assisted with delivering much needed medications and essential shopping for those who were unable to get to the shops.

Although the lockdown guidance has eased, CPO’s have continued to carry out welfare visits on high risk city residents whilst continuing to deliver the core statutory function of the day to day role which includes environmental and anti-social behaviour enforcement. CPO’s now assist Trading Standards and Environmental Health colleagues in visiting businesses across the City to ensure they are compliant across a range of checks including Test and Trace & Covid regulations compliance.

Since March 2020 CPO’s collectively have visited 618 Businesses in relation to Covid compliance, carried out 4,073 welfare checks, Investigated 4,471 fly tips, responded to 3,732 complaints of noise nuisance and Issued a total of 2,122 enforcement notices.

Cllr Neghat Khan,
Portfolio Holder for Employment and Community Protection