About the Community Protection Team

The Community Protection Team aims to tackle environmental crime and anti-social behaviour in public spaces to help Crawley residents and visitors feel safe.

Responsibilities and duties

The service has four uniformed officers who carry out reactive and proactive patrols, visits and inspections, seven days a week.

The Community Protection Team are an accredited enforcement team that can:

  • obtain the name and address of offenders
  • investigate public space alcohol-related anti-social behaviour or drug use
  • patrol areas where anti-social behaviour or criminal activity is suspected to provide a deterrent
  • issue fixed penalty notices for environmental crimes and anti-social behaviour
  • ensure businesses and residents are complying with the waste-related duty of care
  • enforcement of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)
  • investigate reports of anti-social behaviour and environmental crime in all parks, open spaces, and the town centre
  • carry out specialist crime prevention assessments and provide advice
  • support West Sussex County Council to tackle unlawful encampments and act as the council’s Gypsy and Traveller liaison
  • lead on and support multi-agency operations and problem-solving activity in areas affected by recurring or chronic issues related to crime and anti-social behaviour

Report an issue

The Community Protection Team is an intelligence-led service that relies on the support of residents and businesses to tackle issues affecting our communities. 

Report a problem online using myCrawley and help us better understand trends or emerging hotspots across the borough.

Report a problem

The online form will let you know if the problem you're reporting needs to be directed to another agency, such as the Police. 

Drug dealing is a criminal offence and the remit of Sussex Police. However, Community Protection Officers will support police patrol areas where drug dealing is suspected to provide a deterrent.

If you witness a crime or require an immediate response for an emergency, always ring 999.