Designated Public Place Order (DPPO)
The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 gave local authorities the power to designate areas where restrictions on public drinking apply. These powers were introduced to help the police deal with the problems of anti-social drinking in public.
Following public consultation, five Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) were introduced in Chiltern between 2005 and 2007.
A DPPO makes it an offence to drink alcohol after being required by a police officer or PCSO not to do so. The Police can also confiscate alcohol. This can be used in areas that have previously experienced alcohol-related problems.
A DPPO is not a ban on drinking alcohol. The DPPO powers do not intend to disrupt peaceful activities, for example families having a picnic in a park with a glass of wine. An offence is only committed if a person refuses to obey a Police Officer or PCSO's request to stop drinking.
If someone commits an offence in a DPPO, they could receive a penalty notice, or be arrested and prosecuted - if convicted, the court may impose a fine of up to level two of the standard scale (currently £500).
Using new powers granted under the new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, we are currently consulting about the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), to replace the current DPPOs in Chiltern. You can find out more about PSPOs and find a link to the consultation, which runs from 17th April - 14th May, at www.chiltern.gov.uk/PSPO.