Serious Crime Prevention Orders

Action against serious and organised criminals doesn't end with a conviction. Many serious offenders have lifelong criminal careers and are likely to reoffend. Individuals convicted of serious offences can have additional restrictions imposed enabling us to monitor their activity, manage their behaviour and prevent reoffending.

The court can impose a number of additional restrictions on serious offenders to help manage the risk of future offending. These restrictions are not imposed as additional punishment, but to restrict their ability to plan, fund and commit serious crime in future.

Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) are civil orders to prevent or deter serious crime. Breach of an SCPO is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine. The restrictions that an SCPO can include are wide-ranging. As long as they are shown to be proportionate, justified and necessary to the circumstances of the case, they can include restrictions on:

  • Communications devices such as mobile phones
  • Conducting specific types of business bank accounts
  • Associating with criminal associates
  • Geographic restrictions

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