Shopping mall staff to receive police training
Security staff at a prominent shopping centre will be given police powers to help deal with anti-social behaviour.
Staff from Princesshay in Exeter are being trained by Devon and Cornwall Police as part of its Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.
From October, the security staff will be given "minor powers" to confiscate alcohol and issue fixed penalties.
Police said the scheme allowed the force to accredit some police powers to staff or organisations who were committed to working with communities and police in tackling crime and disorder.
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Inspector Paul Morgan said it had been used successfully in other shopping centres and would help "forge strong and effective working relationships" between police and the business community.
Once trained and accredited, the security staff will also be allowed to deal with underage smoking, dog fouling, littering, graffiti, or anyone "likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress".
Mike Kerswell, the shopping centre's security manager, said the police training would help his team keep Princesshay as safe as possible. "We are often first on the scene of a wide variety of incidents and this training will help us assist the police in a mutually beneficial way," he said.