Anti-social behaviour in North Dorset
North Dorset District Council provides an anti-social behaviour (ASB) service for residents in the district. The team is made up of 2 anti-social behaviour case officers who also cover West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland and 1 community safety officer.
The team is co-located with Dorset Police, based at Weymouth Police Station and deals with complaints of anti-social behaviour ranging from neighbour disputes through to drug dealing. They work alongside a range of services including housing associations, drug and alcohol outreach services and youth offending services. The anti-social behaviour case officers have a range of enforcement powers to deal with offenders of ASB, as well as providing a supporting role for victims of anti-social behaviour.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
PSPOs were introduced in October 2014 by the Anti-social, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area (a public space) that is detrimental to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.
A PSPO can cover multiple restrictions, so one order can prohibit several activities such as the drinking of alcohol and dog fouling. Enforcement will be undertaken by council officers, with the support of police officers.
If anyone breaches the requirements of the PSPO, or fails to comply with a request from an Authorised Council Officer or Police Officer to cease activity, they would be committing a criminal offence and could be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or be prosecuted.
The PSPOs in North Dorset cover the same areas of Blandford Forum and Gillingham as the old Designated Public Places Orders (DPPOs) which they replace and relate solely to the requirement to surrender alcohol when required to do so by a Police Officer.
Who else can help?
Dorset Police - North Dorset Neighbourhood Policing Team