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We Should Not Have To Police Noise Nuisance

Asking police officers to deal with noise nuisance is an “ill-thought-out plan”, West Yorkshire Police Federation has said.

The job is traditionally in the remit of local councils, but the Government raised the idea of the police doing it in its so-called ‘levelling up’ plan, which was announced in February by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove.

The ‘restoring local pride’ section of the report states: “Police officers will also gain the power to deal with noise nuisance.”

However, West Yorkshire Police Federation Chair Brian Booth said the plan was ill-thought-out when the police service already struggles to keep up with its current demand.

Brian said: “My colleagues work harder than ever, and ill-thought-out plans will lead to further demand, but ultimately disappointment.

“Noise nuisance is terrible for those who are subject to it, but the answer is not to create a new law and expect the police to pick it up in among all their other priorities, especially where other agencies have failed to deal with the issue.
“There is not substantial investment in policing; we are currently filling the roles that were taken away during austerity. In the spirit of giving the police a chance to keep the public happy, the Government should be looking at ways to reduce the pressure on the service and my colleagues.

“All I am seeing again, is that with a waft of a pen, laws are created with little thought on how they are going to be policed.”

Date posted: March 17, 2022

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