Basildon park wardens trial extended

Park Wardens will remain operating in Basildon’s parks throughout the summer, to provide additional security through their busiest months of the year.

Wardens have been employed since April on a three-month-trial, to provide added protection within the parks and open spaces. The wardens operate seven days a week, for 15 hours a day from 9am – 12am. They wear live Halo cameras and are tracked via GPS to be able to best deploy wardens to areas and potential incidents.

During the initial three-month-trial, two teams of wardens have spent 4,368 hours patrolling the parks and responded to 1,228 enquiries.

The decision to extend them until at least the end of September was taken during the Enforcement and Public Order Committee on Tuesday July 13.

Chairman of the committee Councillor Andrew Baggott said: “We’ve extended the trial to ensure our parks are patrolled in what tends to be the busiest months of the year for them. It will also allow us to gain further insight into the results of their work, so we can better understand the impact the trial is having.

“Our team of wardens have already formed communication links during the trial with the Community Safety Partnership and Essex Police, and this coordinated approach has helped to deal with incidents of concern such as criminal damage and potential drug related activity.

“They’re active and visible from the morning into the late evening and wear body cameras to capture any unacceptable behaviour in our parks. I strongly encourage residents to report any anti-social behaviour they see in our parks to 60060, as then we will be able to respond and deal with these incidents as quickly as possible”

In addition to the regular patrolling, residents can report any anti-social behaviour on an anonymous reporting line (a text to 60060) or incidents can be reported on Twitter via @AIBReportit. Wardens can then be deployed to incidents as soon as they come in.

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Mick Ferris

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