Anti-Social Behaviour/Unauthorised Encampments Officer

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 4 (£25,775 - £31,385) per annum
Location: Medway Police Station, Purser Way, Gillingham
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 19/04/2019 at 11:11 AM
Reference: RCET001LS

Anti-Social Behaviour Officer with responsibility for dealing with Unauthorised Encampments.

Anti-Social Behaviour responsibilities:

To prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour and maintain a safe and welcoming environment in the Medway Towns by way of education, intervention and enforcement.

Investigation of allegations of Anti-Social Behaviour including evidence capture, statement preparation and taking.

Taking appropriate enforcement action, including service of warnings, notices, fixed penalty notices and on occasions court prosecution.

Present evidence at Criminal and Civil Court.

Attend professional meetings and if necessary, represent Medway Council Community Safety Team at Community meetings and events.

Develop strong and lasting links with partnership agencies, internal council departments, Kent Police, health and mental health services and any other organisation or stakeholder, including those in the voluntary sector, necessary to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Carry out high visibility uniformed patrol with Medway Council colleagues or partnership agency staff. 

Respond to and proactively seek incidents of anti-social behaviour. Working with colleagues and partner agencies develop long-term resolutions to the issues. 

Unauthorised Encampment responsibilities: 

Develop and manage Medway Councils approach to dealing with trespass for unauthorised encampment and the associated enforcement and communication strategy.

The development of strategies and policies in relation to unauthorised encampments in Medway by fostering strong relationships with local authorities and creating joint working practices across Kent.

Develop and maintain preventative strategies to reduce and prevent the instances of unlawful trespass and encampment on Medway Council and Private Land.

To liaise directly with internal departments, partners and stakeholders to develop and maintain a cohesive and pro-active response to trespass and unlawful encampments.

To act as a single point of contact for Medway Council and private landowners in matters relating to trespass and unlawful encampments.

Where necessary prepare and issue legal notices in a timely fashion. Collect store and present evidence for both civil and criminal proceedings by way of oral written and visual methods. Attend court and give evidence. Liaise directly with Medway Councils legal team.

Deal with all unauthorised encampments in line with Medway Councils policies and joint working protocols by:

Completion of initial welfare checks, community impact and risk assessments.

Liaison with other agencies e.g. police, health services, education services,   housing providers and stakeholder groups.

Co-ordination of service provision at any encampment including refuse collection. 

Proactive liaison with local communities and response to enquiries from members of the public, businesses, elected members and senior managers.

On-going collation of information, risk assessment and community impact to allow informed decision making as to appropriate response. 

Liaison with housing providers to address homelessness.

The development of an exit strategy to ensure prevention of future trespass incidents and repetition of associated crime and disorder.

To develop and maintain a database of unauthorised encampments, including information on welfare issues behaviour and risk, enabling future needs and site provision to be assessed.

Revise and maintain a memorandum of understanding and information sharing protocols with partnership agencies and stakeholders.

To research and implement best practice.

To support the Community Safety Partnership and ensure that the Council develops, implements and evaluates the Community Safety Action Plan and has a fully effective and co-ordinated approach to community safety.

Essential Qualifications

A good standard of general education including GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths. 

Desirable Qualification

CSAS qualified.

S.I.A Qualified.

Qualification or training in environmental and/or anti-social behaviour enforcement.

Evidenced training in PREVENT, WRAP and Child/Adult safeguarding.

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in. 

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Timothy Harris on 01634 338149.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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