The Community Protection Notice (CPN)


The notice can direct any individual (over the age of 16), business or organisation responsible, to stop causing the problem and it could also require the person responsible to take reasonable steps to ensure that it does not occur again.  So like the new Civil Injunction and Criminal Behaviour Order there can be Prohibitions set to stop certain behaviour and / or Requirements to reform certain behaviour.

For example, where a dog was repeatedly escaping from its owner’s back garden due to a broken fence, the owner could be issued with a notice requiring that they fix the fence to avoid further escapes and also, if appropriate, ensure that the owner and dog attended training sessions to improve behaviour (if this was also an issue).

Authorities that can issue a Community Protections Notice are: Council officers, Police Officers, Police community support officers (PCSOs) if designated, Social landlords (if designated by the council) In the case of business’s and organisations, notices would be served on the business owner or manager.  For example, a small privately owned shop that allows it’s customers to litter outside the shop front and does nothing to clean it up would have the notice served on the owner of the shop.  In cases where it may be a larger organisation (like a supermarket chain), the notice would be served on the store manager. A CPN can be issued if the authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the conduct of the individual, business or organisation: is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality; is persistent or continuing in nature; and is unreasonable.

Before a Community Protection Notice is served the recipient must be warned about the issues of anti-social behaviour being raised and that if it is not corrected, further action may take place (Action under the 2014 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).  This would be done through he Safer Cornwall Partnership ASB Warning Process.

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