TACKLING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND ITS CAUSES

The police service is a key partner in tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB), at various levels:

Prevention

The police can help prevent anti-social behaviour by acting as a highly visible deterrent to perpetrators and by providing public reassurance to communities.

Early intervention

Many police forces have adopted a problem-solving approach to tackling crime and ASB with dedicated community beat officers having responsibility for working with partners at a community level. Such officers are ideally placed to intervene early, work with partners and develop a sustainable solution. Examples include: referring neighbours in a dispute to the local mediation service or ensuring that a young person involved in youth disorder is able to access local initiatives such as a youth inclusion programme (YIP) or youth inclusion support panel(YISP).

Enforcement

The police service plays a crucial role in many enforcement actions to tackle ASB. Examples include:

  • Issuing fixed penalty notices
  • Providing and giving evidence in support of injunctions or possession action by social landlords
  • Providing or giving evidence in support of the local authority or social landlord seeking an anti-social behaviour order
  • Applying for an anti-social behaviour order as a lead agency (including British Transport Police (BTP).

ARTICLE LAST UPDATED: 04/09/2008

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