The Community Warden Team is a uniformed service which was formed in August 2008. The team consists of a Team Leader, a Senior Warden and six Community Wardens who are easily recognisable by their red and black attire. There is one community warden assigned to each of the local electoral wards.
The role of Community Wardens is to:
Engage in activities that promote early intervention, active citizenship, community resilience, empowerment and capacity building in relation to community safety issues. This includes the delivery of talks to local school children and community groups.
Community Wardens work in partnership with other council colleagues, officers from Police Scotland, members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and a variety of community organisations. They undertake high-visibility patrols of housing estates, town centres and other public spaces with a view to preventing and detecting antisocial behaviour and crime.
Every Friday and Saturday evening between the hours of 18:00 and 02:30 Community Wardens patrol areas affected by antisocial behaviour in the council’s CCTV van, assist in the monitoring of public space CCTV cameras and respond to calls received via the council’s Antisocial Behaviour helpline (01875 824 307).
The Community Wardens are also responsible for taking enforcement action in dog fouling, littering and fly-tipping cases. They also assist the council’s Dog Warden in collecting stray dogs and attending to dog barking complaints.