Police want to pursue softly-softly approach

    Wales will continue to spurn the use of antisocial behavioural
    orders in favour of more rehabilitative approaches to tackling
    social problems, a senior policeman advising the Welsh assembly has
    said.

    John Gustafson, an inspector at Dyfed-Powys Police and member of
    the assembly’s community safety unit, said the 22 co-ordinators of
    antisocial behaviour partnerships, which involve housing, social
    services and law enforcement agencies, have been trained to use
    Asbos as a last resort only.

    They have been told to use less confrontational measures, such as
    setting up meetings between the partnership and perpetrators of
    antisocial behaviour, providing advice on tackling the causes of
    such behaviour, and developing acceptable behaviour
    contracts.

    Last week, some Welsh police chiefs called for greater use of
    Asbos.

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