Tri Service Safety Officer
The Tri- Service Safety Officer (TSSO) is an innovative, ever changing, adaptable and flexible role which integrates within the emergency services family. The role has been piloting for over 3 years (originally a 2 year pilot) in 2016 the project was extended for a further 18 months in order for independent evaluator Munro Research and Evaluation to gather further data in relation to the role’s activities, complexities, advantages and disadvantages.
The Tri-Service Safety Officers (TSSO) purpose is to provide a ‘supportive link’ between Devon & Cornwall Police (DCP), Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service (CFRCSS), South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) and Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team. The role has a number of additional responsibilities such as; Safeguarding Advocate, Youth Intervention/ mentorship. The role is not a single element of the areas described above, it provides a unique and innovative approach to resolving community safety matters.
The role targets and aligns with all of the agencies priorities in relation to protection, prevention, firefighter, medical responder and police incidents including challenging and tackling anti-social behaviour. The development of the ‘TSSO’ role builds sustainable and strong working relationships with partner agencies.
The role integrates within the Police Neighbourhood Team and assists with completing neighbourhood enquiries (101 calls made to police – non emergency). These enquiries afford the TSSO with the opportunity to identify additional areas of concern together with fire safety, safeguarding, anti-social behaviour, protection matters, youth intervention and health difficulties. This provides opportunities for an officer to assist with making agency referrals and arranging multi-agency meetings.
The TSSO role has an independent and innovative role profile is aimed at complementing and assisting the existing services and roles within each; one that specifically targets community safety matters and joint agency working.