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Street Wardens

The Forest of Dean District council has a dedicated team of street wardens working within a designated area in the district to:

  • Reduce the fear of crime
  • Prevent anti-social behaviour
  • Improve the physical appearance of the local environment

The street wardens are not police officers and do not have the power of arrest, rather act as a link between the local community, local agencies and the police.

Statutory duties include:

  • Removal of abandoned vehicles
  • Provision of a dog warden service
  • Issue of fixed penalty notices under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act for littering, abandoning vehicles etc.

Non-statutory duties include:

  • Organising the removal of fly-tipping, litter and graffiti
  • Vandalism and removal of syringes and needles
  • Reporting suspicious behaviour to police and external enforcement agencies
  • Day-time and evening patrols to curb anti-social behaviour
  • Report problems such as defective street lights to the relevant department within the Council or external agencies
  • Dog micro-chipping service - see Dogs - lost and strays

Community liaison duties include:

  • Providing a visible and reassuring presence to the community
  • Visiting vulnerable groups such as sheltered housing, elderly people living on their own, day centres, disabled groups and residents living in remote areas
  • Youth diversionary activities
  • Visits to schools and youth organisations

To contact a street warden: