POLICE now can issue penalty notices to irresponsible dog owners as part of a new agreement between the police and the council.
Hastings Borough Council has entered into a formal contract under which all neighbourhood police operating in Hastings are legally authorised to act as agents for the authority by enforcing common dog control and enviro-crime offences.
This means that they will be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) in the same way as the council’s wardens and rangers.
Cllr Phil Scott, lead member for environment services, said: “The new system of enforcement incorporating the Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team is a very positive step forward and started over Easter. The team includes police constables, sergeants and of course Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
“We are hoping that by increasing our capacity to engage and where appropriate, enforce the dog control and enviro-crime rules across the borough, it will act as a deterrent to potential offenders resulting in cleaner streets in our town.”
Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings and District Commander, said: “The sharing of these important powers means more cohesive working between the police and the council. These powers allow us to have joint targets with shared outcomes.”