Can the Community Trigger procedure be summarised under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014?

By Bukola Aremu

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is something that can affect a whole community — it should therefore involve community effort. The act introduces a shared responsibility for dealing with ASB, a statutory duty known as the ‘Community Trigger’.

Reference to the community trigger can be found at sections 104 and 105 of the act, which came into force in May 2014. It has been piloted in Manchester, Brighton and Hove, West Lindsey, Boston, and Richmond Upon Thames. The Home Office report, ’Empowering Communities, Protecting Victims: summary report on community trigger trials’, published May 2013 highlights the lessons identified by the pilot areas and will help assist other relevant bodies which are setting up their community trigger procedures. For the purpose of the community trigger, ASB is defined as behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to a member, or members of the public.

Point of contact — relevant bodies must publish a point of contact for victims or anyone acting on their behalf. This may include a phone number, email address, postal address, and a form which can be completed online…

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