Partnership Working on anti-social behaviour
Victims of anti-social behaviour now have the power to request a review of how their cases have been handled. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which came into effect on 20 October 2014 will require statutory agencies, including Staffordshire Police to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour.
The law gives new powers to police, local authorities, the NHS and social landlords to deal with anti-social behaviour more effectively and require positive action from offenders to help modify their behaviour.
Through a ‘Community Trigger,’ any member of the public can activate a review into instances of anti-social behaviour that have been reported at three times within a six-month period.* Reviews will be led by an local panel which has the power to make recommendations to public bodies.
The Act also gives police and police community support officers (PCSOs) new powers of dispersal to direct a person deemed to be causing alarm to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours; also to confiscate any items judged to be involved in the anti-social behaviour. Minors can be taken home using this new legislation.
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Orders (CRASBOs) will be replaced with new Criminal Behaviour Orders.** These Orders can be imposed on conviction of any criminal offence and if breached, can be punished with up to five years in prison.
All Police and Crime Commissioners police forces will be required to produce and maintain through public consultation, a ‘Community Remedy’ document that includes a list of actions for anti-social offenders to carry out in reparation for their actions that could also either help their rehabilitation or serve as appropriate punishment, while negating the need for court proceedings.
The police and local authorities will be empowered to close any premises and clear non-residents from from these premises if they are involved or likely to be involved in anti-social behaviour, for up to 48 hours.
An application for a Community Trigger can be made via:
- Staffordshire Police on telephone number 101 or www.staffordshire.police.uk
- Stoke-on-Trent City Council by calling: 01782 234234
- By post or in person to any Staffordshire police station, NHS facility or social housing provider or local authority.