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Strengthening powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

Strengthening powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

The focus of this consultation paper is on strengthening the response to challenging anti-social behaviour through the use of pre-court disposals, in particular via interventions such as Fixed Penalties or cautions, issued by police – the person involved can either accept the penalty or go to court.

Title: Strengthening powers to tackle anti-social behaviour
Author: Home Office
Number Of Pages: 61
Date Published: November 2006
Availability: Download Full Report  PDF 459kb

Tackling anti-social behaviour is a government-wide endeavour. Since the launch of the anti-social behaviour strategy in 2003, the expansion of services, new legislation and the introduction of new tools and powers have transformed the landscape:

  • anti-social behaviour co-ordinators now exist in every area
  • there are specialist prosecutors and dedicated courts
  • neighbourhood policing is being introduced across England and Wales and, by April 2008, we will have a dedicated team in every area

The proposals in this document respond to what practitioners, including front-line police officers and their professional leaders, have said is required to strengthen the response to anti-social behaviour and disorder in a swift, proportionate and effective manner.

The measures that are proposed will apply equally to adult and juvenile perpetrators of anti-social behaviour unless otherwise stated. However, it is expected that they will be used proportionately and appropriately, taking into consideration individual circumstances, as well as the needs of the community.

Responding to the consultation

The closing date for responses is 6th February 2007.

Comments should be sent to:

Michael Carson
Anti-Social Behaviour Unit
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Or by email to: [email protected]


Getting a copy

Download “Strengthening powers to tackle anti-social behaviour”  PDF 459kb

Last update: Thursday, November 16, 2006

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