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Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs): guidance

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Guidance in relation to the operation of, and application for, new Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs) which have been introduced through the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.

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We would like you to share your thoughts with us on the draft guidance we’ve produced in relation to the operation of, and application for, new Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs).

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 introduces Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs). These new preventative civil Orders will be an additional tool that the police will be able to use to work with young people and adults to encourage them to help steer them away from knife crime and serious violence.

KCPOs will help to divert those who may be carrying knives, or who are at greatest risk of being drawn into serious violence, away from being involved in knife crime. They will also help to prevent those who have been involved in knife crime from further offending when used following a conviction.

The guidance is primarily intended to be used by the police and Crown Prosecution Service but will also be of interest to the judiciary and groups that represent young people and adults within the criminal justice system.


Knife crime prevention orders: guidance

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Published 15 August 2019