5.5.1 The Anti-Social Crime and Policing Act 2014

This Act is very long and contains many provisions, even more than The EPA1990. It gives powers with regards to community behaviour orders, dispersal powers and community protection notices. The sections we are interested in is s59 to s79 and they are the powers to make Public Space Protection Orders.

For the role of enforcement officers, you do not to know the act in detail however a basic background is always good for the role. You can find all the relevant legislation at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/12/part/4/chapter/2


S59 – Power to make the order.

S60 – Duration of the order

S67 – Failing to comply

S68 – FPN issuing

Why do we need to enforce offenses?

Most local authorities chose to add multiple offences to the orders.

  • failing to remove dog faeces

  • not keeping a dog on a lead (the length      can be specified)

  • not putting and keeping a dog on a lead      when directed to do so by an authorised officer (again, the length can be      specified)

  • permitting a dog to enter land from which      dogs are excluded

  • taking more than a specified number of      dogs onto land

And some local authorities chose to add:

  • A minimum number of bags to be in their      possession.

This can be sometimes considered controversial.