Community Watchdog Scheme

Community Development Team

The principal role of the Community Development Team is to manage and run the Community Watchdog Scheme.  This is a team of over 1,200 Staffordshire residents acting as the eyes and ears of their local community.

The Watchdog Scheme was set up in 2001 to help empower local residents to protect their communities from rogue trading practices, scams and bogus callers.  It is also gives local residents access to up to date consumer advice and encourages everyone to know their consumer rights.

The Team hold free information sessions for local community groups, the main purpose of which is to raise the profile of the work of the Scheme and Community Services.

Close links with other partners are maintained in order to tackle crime and reduce the fear of crime and the team are often involved in various community based activities.|

Follow us on Twitter:'staffordshirecc'| to receive our Watchdog alerts.

Who are we?

Sarah Byrne  -  Community Development Officer

To contact the Community Development Team, telephone 01785 277835 or email|


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Watchdog Warning - Lethal 'Admiral' Vodka

Trading Standards Officers are urging Staffordshire residents to keep a look out for illicit 'Admiral' branded vodka following investigations undertaken in Tamworth.
Tuesday 11th March 2014

Heating Oil Tank Warning

Trading Standards Officers in Staffordshire are alerting consumers to an Environment Agency warning concerning heating oil tanks
Wednesday 20th November 2013

UK at risk of vishing

Trading Standards have recently been alerted by Financial Fraud Action UK that there is aphone scam in which fraudsters target individuals to deceive them into revealing personaland financial information - or make payments into the fraudster's account.
Thursday 12th September 2013

Bogus Directory Invoices

Trading Standards Officers in Staffordshire are warning businesses to be alert to the latest round of unsolicited marketing material for suspect Internet directory listings websites. Purporting to come from the Commercial Directory Staffordshire, the latest circulars offer both free basic listings and enhanced listings for £765.
Monday 5th August 2013

Doorstep Selling Alert

Police and Trading Standards Officers are warning residents to be alert to unscrupulous doorstep traders operating across Staffordshire following police reports of ex-offenders targeting householders.
Monday 5th August 2013


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