The Royal Borough's community wardens have been awarded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) accreditation - allowing them to deal with anti-social behaviour, disorder and nuisance.

The scheme, which makes the Royal Borough an official community safety partner, will improve the exchange of information between them and Thames Valley Police, allowing officers from both agencies to better coordinate targeted operations based upon information supplied by the local community.

Cllr David Cannon, the council's lead member for public protection, said: “Our community wardens are such a great asset to our community and they are now going to be able to support the police around our borough even more.

“I’d like to congratulate the wardens on their CSAS awards, and thank them for all the brilliant work they do for our communities.”

Andy Aldridge, community warden lead, said: “This is an exciting time for us, and the whole community wardens team are looking forward to the further training that comes with accreditation, and putting what we learn into practice for the benefit of the communities across the borough.”

The Chief Constable from Thames Valley Police, John Campbell, visited Town Hall, Maidenhead to present the community wardens with their CSAS certificates and to formally launch the Royal Borough as a community safety partner. All wardens will receive additional training from Thames Valley Police for their new powers.