Community wardens keeping Kensington and Chelsea safe

Tuesday 8 September 2020

A new team of Community Safety Wardens has dealt with more than 840 incidents of anti-social behaviour since taking to Kensington and Chelsea’s streets in July.

Twelve Wardens and two Supervisors have been patrolling the borough and working alongside the police and other Council services to deal with everything from littering and fly-tipping to graffiti and begging.

The team has also assisted with the closure of brothels and the recovery of two lost children. Its involvement in 843 incidents to date has resulted in a number of arrests and helped prevent a robbery.

Following the easing of lockdown, the Wardens’ role continues to expand to include supporting school streets enforcement, patrolling with police colleagues, doing weapons sweeps, increasing engagement with residents and advising businesses on following Covid restrictions.

Cllr Emma Will, Lead Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Safety said:

“The number of incidents our Wardens have dealt with shows that they have hit the ground running in tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental crime in our borough.

“The Wardens know their communities well and use that knowledge to provide a swift, flexible and reassuring service to our residents.”

The Wardens are able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices, Community Protection Notices and enforce Public Space Protection Orders and work both on the streets.