New Police guidance – Giving directions to individuals to leave a locality

There are a range of tools and powers available to police and frontline enforcement agencies to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder problems. The Direction to Leave power, introduced through the Violent Crime Act 2006, is one such power available. The power (as amended by the Policing and Crime Act 2009) enables the police to issue an individual aged 10 or over with a Direction to Leave a locality. The Direction prohibits their return to that locality for a period not exceeding 48 hours. The power allows the police to target particular problem areas that need action or early intervention and to reduce the likelihood of alcohol-related crime or disorder arising. It also allows the police to take the young person home or to a place of safety once an individual has been issued with Directions to Leave provided that the police reasonably suspect that they are under 16.

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