The Joint Enforcement Team is a collaboration between Surrey Police and the local authorities in Surrey. Initially a scheme running in the London Borough of Newham, the idea was brought to Surrey to help the Police and the Councils work more efficiently.
The project was first proposed to Surrey Police and the local authorities in the county in 2013. Initially set up as a pilot project, it began running in the borough of Reigate & Banstead in summer 2014. At the end of 2014, Spelthorne Borough Council became the second local authority to take on the pilot, and in December 2015, the scheme launched in Elmbridge.
The Joint Enforcement team sees council officers working together with the police to combat anti-social behaviour (e.g. noise and graffiti), and low-level crime (e.g. littering and fly tipping). The team are intended to provide a fast and effective response, and to be a highly visible presence to deter any would-be offenders.
Over the course of the pilots in Reigate & Banstead, and Spelthorne, the teams have been involved in dealing with a wide range of issues. From fly-tipping to targeted ‘enforcement days’, the teams in both areas have been very successful, and as more and more of the public have become aware of their existence, confidence in their abilities has gone up.
There have been a number of particular success stories. In one area, a report of an abandoned vehicle quickly turned into a search when the vehicle in question could not be found. However, when two members of the Joint Enforcement Team saw it drive past, the driver was pulled over and was found to be uninsured. The car was seized by the police.