From next month new powers to help prevent knife crime will be piloted by the Metropolitan Police. These new powers are called Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs) and were introduced through the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. KCPOs is a civil order which can be imposed by Courts upon any person aged 12 or over who police believe is regularly carrying a knife, or is convicted of a knife-related offence.

The orders are intended to be prevent knife crime and to help people change their behaviour and avoid being drawn into knife crime. Courts will be able to stop those under an order from associating with certain people, introduce geographical restrictions, and set curfews.

They will also include positive requirements such as attendance at educational courses, life skills programmes, participation in group sports, drug rehabilitation and anger management classes.

This pilot will run for 14 months from 6 April, with the intention of introducing the orders across all police forces, pending assessment after the pilot.

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