Royal Assent for new Anti-Social Behaviour tools and powers – What you need to do now

On the 13th of March 2014 the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was given Royal Assent. This brings a number of changes to the tools and powers available to the various organisations, agencies and practitioners who tackle anti-social behaviour. The new tools and powers will be enacted later this year meaning housing providers, local […]

Unpacked: The government’s last police reforms

It has been described as the most significant programme of change in policing since the days of Sir Robert Peel – and the government has certainly shown no sign of being deflected from its agenda, which has been relentless since the 2010 general election. The past four years have seen the introduction of the Police […]

New Law Against Forced Marriage

As of Monday 16th June 2014, the perpetration of forced marriage will be treated as a criminal offence, punishable by a seven year jail sentence under the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. It is hoped that thousands of potential victims will be protected by this new enactment which also criminalises forcing a British […]

Social media crimes ‘at least half’ of front-line policing

Complaints originating from social media make up “at least half” of a front-line police officer’s work, a senior officer has told the BBC. Chief Constable Alex Marshall, head of the College of Policing, said the number of crimes arising from social media represented “a real problem”. He said the police and public were still trying to […]