Posted on 26th January 2015
Officers will be using a newly introduced power to tackle issues of crime in parts of Derby.
The newly introduced dispersal powers allow officers to move people on even if they only suspect them of being involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour.
In recent weeks, members of the public have reported instances of burglary and non-dwelling burglary (sheds and outbuildings) in the Allestree area of Derby.
In response, police have been carrying out extra patrols in the area to identify those responsible and take further action where necessary.
The dispersal power will run from 10.00pm tonight (Monday, January 26) until Wednesday, January 28, 10.00pm.
The Section 34 dispersal order will cover an area to the east of Kedleston Road, west of the A38 and across the north of Allestree Park back to Kedleston Road.
Inspector Paul Cannon, who oversees neighbourhood policing in the North of Derby said: “Section 34 of The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives us power to disperse anyone we believe is likely to commit crime or disorder in a particular area.
“This is just one of the policing tactics we will be using in this area to deal with a rise in burglaries in this area. We are committed to not only preventing these offences but also working hard to bring the offenders to justice.”
Previously, dispersal orders were targeted at alcohol-related crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour. Now, the new Section 34 Dispersal Power can be used to stop any antisocial behaviour or crime – not just that linked to alcohol.
Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 – S34 - Provides Police with a power to issue a direction to an individual aged 10 years or over who is in a public place to leave a locality.
The direction will prohibit their return to that locality for a specified period. The powers should be used proportionately, reasonably and with discretion in circumstances where they have reasonable grounds to believe that the use of these powers in the locality, during the period specified may be necessary for the purpose of removing or reducing the likelihood of a) members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed, or b) the occurrence in the locality of crime and disorder.
Failure to comply with the direction will render a person liable to arrest & prosecution.
Police also want members of the public to report suspicious or nuisance activity to them on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.