Changes to anti-social behaviour laws

​We've launched new online learning to assist officers and staff prepare for changes to the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 which will take effect from 20 October.

Under the changes 19 powers to deal with anti-social behaviour will be reduced to six.  Anti-social behaviour orders, dog control orders and dispersal orders are among the powers to be replaced.

The e-learning has been designed for police officers, Police Community Support Officers, special constables and staff working with members of the public affected by anti-social behaviour.  It provides an overview of the range of new options to deal with anti-social behaviour and is supported by student notes and case studies.

College of Policing lead for local policing, Chief Superintendent Paul Phillips, said:

"Local policing is at the heart of the British policing model and we need to make sure officers and staff have access to the training which keeps their skills and knowledge about the area up to date.  The changes brought about by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act are extensive and this e-learning is designed to prepare officers and staff before they take effect in October."

Under the changes:

  • Civil Injunctions replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), Drink Banning Orders (DBOs), Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs), Individual Support Orders and Intervention Orders
  • Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) replace ASBOs on conviction and DBOs on conviction
  • Community Protection Notices replace Litter Clearing Notices, Street Litter Clearing Notices and Graffiti/Defacement Removal Notices
  • Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) replace Designated Public Place Orders, Gating Orders and Dog Control Orders
  • Closure Powers replace Premises Closure Order, Crack House Closure Orders, Noisy Premises Closure Order and Section 161 Closure Orders
  • Dispersal Powers replace Section 30 Dispersal Orders and Section 27 Direction to Leave

The e-learning can be accessed via the Managed Learning Environment at the National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies.  It should take approximately 40 minutes to complete.  Please note that this can only be accessed by police officers and staff.

Home Office guidance for frontline practitioners is also available.

A Local Policing and Partnerships conference is being held at Loughborough University on 13 November 2014 looking at good practice in local policing, predictive policing, demand management, community engagement and mobile technology. Register online to take part.

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