We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
How many people were accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) in 2008, 2009 and 2010?
How many people in total are accredited under the scheme?
What number of organisations does this represent?
What region currently has the most accredited individuals?
How many individuals have had further police powers bestowed upon them (as opposed to just being accredited)?
We released the following information on 20 September 2011.
2008: Total 1406
2009: Total 1667
2010: Total 2219
These are not number of individuals accredited each year but the total number accredited at the point of surveying.
At December 2010, there were 2,219 persons accredited under the Scheme, employed by 136 organisations.
The eastern region has the largest scheme, with a significant number of individuals accredited through Essex Police.
Any powers being used by individuals as part of CSAS must be accredited by the local force. Decisions to accredit individuals are made at a local level by the chief officer according to local need. All individuals are vetted and trained prior to being accredited with any powers which are deemed necessary by the chief officer.
Until 2010, the Home Office conducted an annual audit of CSAS accreditation, but in line with our commitment to reduce bureaucracy in policing, and as part of our broader objective to stop performance managing forces from the centre, forces are no longer required to report centrally on the number of persons accredited under the scheme.
Each force manages their local scheme and this ensures it remains highly localised, with the flexibility to adapt according to local needs and priorities.
The 2010 survey of employers involved in the Scheme has been published on the Home Office website.
Please refer to the attached PDF document for further details.