Police community support officers should have the power to fine owners who fail to clear up their dogs’ mess, according to a Green councillor.
Ben Duncan, who represents Queen’s Park on Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “A review of PCSO powers was conducted last year.
“But it was decided to deny PCSOs the power to give out fines for dog-owners who allow their dogs to behave irresponsibly.”
Councillor Duncan, who represents Brighton and Hove on Sussex Police Authority, has started a petition to call for a change in the way dog control orders are enforced.
“As a ward councillor, I’m delighted to see that residents’ wishes were taken on board when earlier this year the dog-free area in Queen’s Park was reinstated.
“However, at the moment, PCSOs in Sussex don’t have the same powers as others do around the country and cannot enforce these orders.”
“We would like to see PCSOs given the power to enforce dog control orders across the city to clampdown on the minority of dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets or allow them to act dangerously in public spaces.
“This isn’t just about keeping our parks clean – it’s about keeping our neighbourhoods safe.”
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