Eight new Tri-Service Safety Officer (TSSOs) joined the Council earlier this month and are currently undergoing their induction training. That means we will have 10 permanent TSSOs across Cornwall located in communities and rural areas that would benefit from an increased presence from all three emergency services. The communities they will go to are St Just-in-Penwith, St Ives, Perranporth, St Dennis, Lostwithiel, Fowey/Polruan and Looe. Hayle, Liskeard and Bude already have officers.
The role is a collaboration between the three emergency services with the primary focus on engagement, early intervention, prevention and reducing demand. The TSSOs have access to all three emergency services’ IT systems and this provides significant advantages in terms of understanding the whole picture when it comes to safeguarding and information sharing between services. TSSOs have some police powers and deal with anti-social behaviour as well as having an operational element to their role and responding to medical and fire service emergencies.
Through the 3 pilot communities we have found the role evolves according to community needs. As part of this expansion a manager will be employed.