Should the granting of constabulary powers to community wardens within West Dunbartonshire, Strathclyde, be considered?

Burns, Nichola (2008) Should the granting of constabulary powers to community wardens within West Dunbartonshire, Strathclyde, be considered? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    As community wardens within Scotland are still a fairly new concept, there has been little research conducted on the success or otherwise of wardens in Scotland and those studies which have been conducted have not really addressed the opinions of the public, wardens and police as to whether constabulary powers would assist in carrying out the warden's role. The aim of this dissertation therefore is to ascertain if members of the public, community wardens and police officers within West Dunbartonshire believe community wardens should be given constabulary powers to perform their role. Initially, all secondary research was carried out by examining private policing and other community warden schemes in Britain. Thereafter, findings obtained through primary data collection methods in the form of questionnaires and interviews with the public, police and wardens were examined. From the public respondents, 58% felt that wardens should have basic powers such as to require a person's name and address and 84% of the public respondents believed wardens should be able to issue fixed penalties for anti-social behaviour offences. However, 90% did not agree with wardens having the powers of search or entry by force to premises and 88% did not agree with wardens seizing and retaining any item found during a search. The majority of the wardens who completed the questionnaire agreed that having constabulary powers to deal with littering; trespassing on railways, throwing items at trains and dealing with disorderly behaviour in public would be useful. However, the majority of wardens' disagreed with having powers for offences like being drunk in a public place and hoax calls to the fire brigade. From the questionnaires completed by the police officers', it was noted that they agreed with many of the wardens' concerns. The police respondents did however share the wardens' view that they should have powers to deal with litter offences. The research identifies some areas which could be considered in the future as being a duty performed by a community warden however concludes that all three groups who took part in this research do not feel that the West Dunbartonshire wardens should be given constabulary powers for the majority of offences or incidents they were asked to consider.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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