Public space protection orders (PSPOs) were introduced in 2014 and sit amongst a broad range of powers and tools that are available to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally. PSPOs are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour, not about stopping the responsible use of the night-time economy. They provide councils with another instrument to help deal with persistent issues that are damaging their communities.
PSPOs are one of the tools available under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. These are wide-ranging and flexible powers for local authorities, which recognise that councils are often best placed to identify the broad impact that Anti-social Behaviour can have. The Act gives councils the authority to draft and implement PSPOs in response to the issues affecting their communities, provided certain criteria and legal tests are met.
Local authorities can use PSPOs to prohibit specified activities, and/or require certain things to be done by people engaged in particular activities, within a defined public area. PSPOs differ from other tools introduced under the Act as they are council-led, and rather than targeting specific individuals or properties, they focus on the identified problem behaviour in a specific location. The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 also superseded the Dog control order so therefore many PSPOs are used to enforce dog related issues.
At Kingdom L A Support we have helped enforce many different PSPOs for different local authorises and have experience in how powerful a PSPO can be in tackling anti-social issues. Previously we have worked with councils to enforce the following PSPO’s:
- Dog fouling
- Dogs on lead
- Dogs on lead by direct
- Maximum dogs walked
- Professional dog walking without insurance
- Without means
- Dog exclusion zone
- Alcohol control zones
- Cycling exclusion zones
- Cruising control
- Legal high monitoring
If you feel that your local authority is having problems tackling a certain anti-social behaviour issue, then introducing a PSPO can be a very effective way of combatting the problem. At Kingdom L A Support we can support any PSPOs with fully trained staff that can patrol hot spot areas and enforce any PSPOs that have been introduced. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.