Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Worthing have been issued with new spot-fine ticket booklets in a fresh bid to crack down on dog fouling and littering.
Neighbourhood panels, residents and elected members all called for more to be done about those who choose to harm the environment by dropping litter or allowing their dogs to foul pavements and open spaces.
As a result PCSOs have been given the fixed-penalty notice (FPN) booklets to help make it easier to punish people caught littering or not picking up their animals’ waste.
PCSOs attended training sessions from Worthing council who gave officers from the neighbourhood policing team the powers to issue these fixed penalty notices.
Those offenders who litter or allow their dogs to foul and not pick it up can be given a fixed penalty of £75 or a maximum fine of up to £1,000 if found guilty at a magistrates’ court.
Sergeant Hannah Shepard said: “The vast majority of people act responsibly but unfortunately some do not and the evidence can be seen left behind on our pavements, in our parks and on our playgrounds.
“We hope this will be a deterrent and make individuals act more responsibly and clear up after themselves.”
This close working arrangement with the local PCSO teams has the full backing of Cllr Clive Roberts, Cabinet Member for Environment at Worthing Borough Council.
Cllr Roberts said: “Littering and dog fouling is constantly complained about by both residents and visitors. I am really pleased that Sussex Police are now helping us to tackle this nuisance by taking action against the small number of anti-social people that cause the problem, and I look forward to some seeing some prosecutions soon.”