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ACPO comment on anti-social behaviour consultation

07 Feb 2011

ACPO welcomes the government's consultation to simplify the tools and powers available to tackle anti-social behaviour

ACPO lead on anti-social behaviour, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Edens said:

"The police service recognises that all individuals and communities have a right to live their lives free from intimidation and harassment. One of the core purposes of policing is to keep people safe, and this includes dealing effectively with anti-social behaviour.

"ACPO has been working with the Home Office and others on how we best support forces to deal with anti-social behaviour. We have given our professional view that any approach must recognise the harm that anti-social behaviour causes. We have been clear that we will support a simplification of the tools and powers available to frontline practitioners, making it easier for them to do what works best.

"We also recognise that anti-social behaviour cannot be solved by public services alone. Police and partners have a role in supporting communities to develop their own capabilities, including enhancing the public's ability to appropriately intervene, without putting themselves at risk.

"Any proposals that enable agencies and communities to better deal with anti-social behaviour are to be welcomed."

For more information about the Home Office consultation on anti-social behaviour please click here http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/asb-consultation

For more information please contact:

ACPO Press Office
Association of Chief Police Officers
e: press.office@acpo.pnn.police.uk