behaviour and nuisance crime come into force today, Home Office
minister John Denham said.
Reform Act will ensure swifter justice, with courts imposing them
more quickly and being able to attach conditions preventing offenders
behaving in an anti-social manner in wider areas.
Landlords and British Transport Police will also be able to apply for
anti-social behaviour orders more quickly to protect members of the
public from loutish, intimidating behaviour and low-level offending.
Mr Denham also announced the introduction of detention powers for
community support officers in six pilot areas to allow them to
support police in tackling anti-social behaviour and crime.
The pilot forces are Metropolitan police, West Yorkshire, Lancashire,
Devon and Cornwall, Northamptonshire and Gwent.
Mr Denham said:
'Anti-social behaviour impacts adversely on the lives of many people.
It can cause misery and distress and undermine people's confidence
and quality of life. We intend to redress the balance to ensure that
people of all ages are aware of their responsibilities.
'Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key government priority. As well
as legislating, we are putting in place structures to reduce
anti-social behaviour at a local level. Anti-social behaviour
corrodes people's pride and confidence in their communities and makes
them fearful in their own homes and communities.
'Community support officers will act as the eyes and ears of the
community in tackling public disorder and anti-social behaviour to
increase visible policing in our communities and provide public
reassurance. Introducing powers of detention is vital if community
support officers are to be properly equipped to do their job.'
Other measures coming into force today are:
- Interim sex offender orders restricting an offender's behaviour
while courts consider sex offender order applications and measures
to make it easier for police to apply for sex offender orders in a
wider range of cases
- Power to require the name and address from a person acting in an
- Accreditation schemes for accredited community safety officers and
powers exercisable by them
- Powers exercisable by police civilians and traffic wardens
Today's measures were announced as education minister Ivan Lewis
unveiled a poster campaign and a new round of national truancy sweeps
to stop children missing out on vital stages of education (see LGCnet).
1. The Police Reform Act received Royal Assent in July and is
available at www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk. Details of the wider police
reform programme are available at www.policereform.gov.uk
2. Anti-social behaviour orders were introduced in England and Wales
by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and have been available since
April 1999. The orders protect the community by prohibiting offenders
from certain anti-social acts or entering a specified area.
3. A white paper on tackling anti-social behaviour will be published
in the New Year. The government will also publish a strategy to
combat anti-social behaviour and a green paper on dealing with
problems associated with children at risk.
4. The home secretary announced 1,000 community support officers
nationally in a first tranche of recruitment in September 2002
(press notice 258/2002).
5. Today's measures give traffic wardens new functions to stop
vehicles to check their roadworthiness and powers to facilitate the
movement of abnormal loads.
6. Powers exercised by community support officers and accredited
community safety officers:
Power CSO ACSO
Issue of Fixed Penalty Notices for public nuisance
under Chapter 1 Part 1 of the Criminal Justice and
Police Act 2001 YES NO
Issue of fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, littering
and riding on footpaths YES YES
Power to request a name and address for fixed
penalty offences and offences that cause injury alarm
and distress to another person or damage or loss of
another's property YES YES
Power to request the name and address of a person
acting in an anti-social manner YES YES
Power to detain a person for up to 30 minutes
pending the arrival of a constable (or to accompany
that person to a police station with the person's
agreement) YES NO
Power to use reasonable force to detain a person or
prevent him from making off YES NO
Power to request a person to stop drinking in a
designated public area and to surrender open
containers of alcohol YES YES
Power to confiscate alcohol from young persons YES YES
Power to confiscate cigarettes and tobacco products
from young people YES YES
Power of entry to save life or limb, or to prevent
serious damage to property YES NO
Power to seize vehicles used to cause alarm and
distress YES NO
Power to require the removal of abandoned vehicles YES YES
Power to stop vehicles for the purpose of a road
check YES NO
Power to maintain and enforce a cordoned area
established under terrorism act YES NO
Power to stop and search vehicles and things carried
by driver/passengers under terrorism act and things
carried by pedestrians YES NO