Rough sleeping – alternatives to enforcement

Published on 18 August 2021
Practical guidance produced for policing
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The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) has collaborated with Crisis, the UK’s national homelessness charity, to produce practical guidance on preventing rough sleeping without the use of enforcement.

The practical guide on preventing rough sleeping, which is available in full and short formats, includes a diverse range of actions.

  • Humberside Police’s dedicated community officer working alongside local homelessness service providers.
  • Welsh homelessness charity The Wallich training 40 South Wales Police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) to increase awareness and understanding of people sleeping rough.
  • In Derby, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Public Health England, Derby Homes and East Midlands Ambulance Service all working in partnership with Derby City Mission to provide a ‘safe space’ that enables people to access support day or night.
  • Essex Police and Greater Manchester Police both developing multi-agency street engagement hubs.