Police dispersal power

A preventative power allowing an officer to deal instantly with someone’s anti-social behaviour and stopping it before it escalates.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 received royal assent on 13 March 2014 and became fully operational from 20 October 2014. It introduced several simpler, more effective powers aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and providing better protection for victims and communities.

 

The police dispersal power is a police power that can be used by a constable in uniform to disperse anti-social individuals and ask them to leave a specified area and not return for a specified period of up to 48 hours. It is aimed at providing short-term respite to a local community.

 

The power is preventative and allows an officer to deal instantly with someone’s behaviour in a particular place and to confiscate related items.

 

Dispersal powers – Legislation.gov.uk

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act ... - Gov.UK

Fact sheet: dispersal powers - Gov.UK

Dispersal powers - Anti Social Behaviour Act 2014 - ASB Help

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