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Young people, police and dispersal powers

Young people, police and dispersal powers The Anti‐Social Behaviour Act (2003) gives police powers to designate areas as ‘dispersal zones’ for up to six months, where there is evidence of persistent antisocial behaviour. Findings from research into the use and impact of dispersal orders are presented and comparisons are drawn with the Scottish experience. A central message from the research is that where enforcement alone is the defining attribute of dispersal order implementation, the powers constitute a ‘sticking plaster’ over local problems, but invariably fail to address the wider causes of perceived antisocial behaviour. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Safer Communities Emerald Publishing

Young people, police and dispersal powers

Safer Communities , Volume 7 (2): 4 – Apr 1, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1757-8043
DOI
10.1108/17578043200800012
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Abstract

The Anti‐Social Behaviour Act (2003) gives police powers to designate areas as ‘dispersal zones’ for up to six months, where there is evidence of persistent antisocial behaviour. Findings from research into the use and impact of dispersal orders are presented and comparisons are drawn with the Scottish experience. A central message from the research is that where enforcement alone is the defining attribute of dispersal order implementation, the powers constitute a ‘sticking plaster’ over local problems, but invariably fail to address the wider causes of perceived antisocial behaviour.

Journal

Safer CommunitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2008

Keywords: Antisocial behaviour; Dispersal zones; Community safety; Policing

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