New police dispersal order powers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2799
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will the Metropolitan Police use new dispersal order powers at events such as bonfire night and the switching on of Christmas lights?

Answer

Answer for New police dispersal order powers

Answer for New police dispersal order powers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst, the police have a number of tools at their disposal to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour, including powers of dispersal, which they will deploy in response to relevant intelligence and using their professional judgement, as and when necessary; they will not seek to disrupt community events unless there is an overriding public safety need.

The Home Office guidance relating to these tools, which clearly explains where each can be used, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/352562/ASB_Guidance_v8_July2014_final__2_.pdf