FOI request (FOIR-165418868)
Community Protection Notices
Requested Fri 03 January 2020
Responded Wed 26 February 2020
I would like to submit the following freedom of information request please:
Q1. Does your local authority have a policy for issuing Community Protection Warnings/Community Protection Notices? If yes, please can this be attached.
Q2. Do you use Community Protection Warnings/Community Protection Notices when there is other legislation in place that could be applied?
Q3. Do you have any systems of oversight to ensure that Community Protection Notices are being used correctly? For example: oversight by a senior officer, or a chance for recipients to appeal the Community Protection Notice within the local authority?
Q4. Does your local authority use pre-written Community Protection Warnings/Community Protection Notices where the issuing officer 'fills in the blanks'?
Q5. How do you apply the 'detrimental effect' threshold required for the issuing of a Community Protection Notice? For example, do you define 'detrimental effect' as conduct that causes nuisance or harm, or conduct that others find very annoying?
Q6. What information about the appeal process is given to Community Protection Notice recipients?
Q7. Is information about Community Protection Warnings/Community Protection Notices that have been issued shared with relevant interested partners, such as housing or police? If so, how is this done?
Q8. What training is given to officers that issue Community Protection Warnings/Community Protection Notices, in terms of content and duration?
ResponseQ1. Hastings Borough Council has an Enviro-Crime Enforcement Policy which is attached.Q2. We have done on occasion with the approval of our legal TeamQ3. Community Protection Notices (CPNs) for any new set of circumstances are checked and amended as necessary by our legal team.Q4. We do have template versions of CPNs for set scenarios.Q5. The warning and the CPN will always define the nature of the detrimental conduct.Q6. The notices include details on how to appeal the notice at a magistrates and also includes a section whereby the recipient can apply to vary or discharge the notice locally with the council.Q7. Some are shared with the Police. Ones that the Wardens issue for Anti Social Behaviour are shared with the Police through joint briefings and data sharing.Q8. Wardens have a raft of enforcement training including PACE, FPNs, CSAS and also dedicated training on CPNs.
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