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We recognise the impact that anti-social behaviour can have on victims, which is why we reformed the powers available to tackle it through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Act provides police and local agencies with a range of flexible tools and powers that they can use to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour.
Strengthening police numbers is a priority for the Government. Our commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years will assist Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to deploy resources to tackle incidents of anti-social behaviour and crime as they see fit. South Yorkshire Police have a year 1 recruitment target of 151
The powers are deliberately local in nature, and it is for local agencies to determine whether their use is appropriate in the circumstances. We keep anti-social behaviour policy under review through the Anti-social Behaviour Strategic Board which brings together key partners.