Community Action Network (CAN) Rangers provide a highly visible, uniformed, presence in residential and public areas, town centres and high crime areas.
Unlike Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), the CAN Rangers do not have any police powers. Rather, they are meant to be the eyes and ears of the community, looking to improve the quality of life of an area and help it along the path to regeneration. They will also try to resolve anti social behavioural issues in the initial stages.
As well as providing a link between local residents and key agencies such as the local authority and the police, the CAN Rangers also undertake initiatives to provide education and advice on tackling environmental issues such as litter, graffiti, dog fouling and can issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £50 for such offences.