The team are intended to provide a fast and effective response, and to be a highly visible presence to deter any would-be offenders.
Over the course of the pilots in Reigate & Banstead, and Spelthorne, the teams have been involved in dealing with a wide range of issues. From fly-tipping to targeted ‘enforcement days’, the teams in both areas have been very successful, and as more and more of the public have become aware of their existence, confidence in their abilities has gone up.
There have been a number of particular success stories. In one area, a report of an abandoned vehicle quickly turned into a search when the vehicle in question could not be found. However, when two members of the Joint Enforcement Team saw it drive past, the driver was pulled over and was found to be uninsured. The car was seized by the police.