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Joint Enforcement Team begins work across the borough

This week sees the launch of Guildford Borough Council's Joint Enforcement Team (JET), a new collaborative way of working between our established enforcement teams and Surrey Police. The aims of the JET are to help combat anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.

Speaking at the launch Cllr Graham Ellwood, Lead Councillor for Licensing and Community Safety said:

"By bringing together the enforcement powers of key teams from across the Council and combining this with the work of colleagues from Surrey Police the Joint Enforcement Team will be able to quickly deal with those issues that we know impact residents, and that we also know, they want us to resolve more quickly."

David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey also said at the launch:

"A key part of my role is to help build safer communities so I am delighted that this scheme is now up and running in Guildford. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the team who are obviously raring to go so I look forward to seeing them in action soon.

"I hope the Guildford team can replicate the success of the JETs already set up in other parts of Surrey and tackle some of those issues such as anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping which residents tell us are so important to them."

The team aims to provide the community with a fast and effective response to issues and to be a highly visible presence to deter would-be offenders. The JET will achieve this by bringing the enforcement powers held by our officers and Surrey Police officers together. The Joint Enforcement Team will be able to quickly and effectively deal with issues that may have previously taken longer to resolve.

Typically, the issues that a JET is empowered to deal with include: Anti-social behaviour, anti-social parking including outside schools, dealing with traveller incursions, dog fouling, fly-posting and graffiti, fly-tipping and littering, street trading, abandoned vehicles, notices to clear waste on land and taxi licensing.

To report issues residents should continue to contact us either through our website: www.guildford.gov.uk/selfservice or by phoning our Customer Service Centre on 01483 505050.

In an emergency Surrey Police should always be contacted by dialling 999. To report non-emergency incidents either report these online at the Surrey Police website: www.surrey.police.uk or by calling 101.

Published on Monday 14 August.