Officers from Ilkeston Town Safer Neighbourhood Team have been seizing alcohol from under-age drinkers in the town centre.
The move comes as part of an operation to deal with anti-social behaviour being reported by residents in the area.
Over last weekend Friday, February 24, to Sunday, February 26, officers were given powers under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
These enabled officers to move on any youngster aged 10 or over if they felt it necessary in order to stop members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed.
During the operation 16 young people aged between 14 and 16-years-old were issued dispersal orders to leave the town centre area and alcohol was seized.
Sergeant Damien Shannon, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in the area, said: “The action displays that we have been listening to the concerns of local residents who have reported incidents of anti-social behaviour to us.
“What the results confirm is that we have a small core of young people who are gathering together, drinking alcohol and this will have an effect on their behaviour.
“We, together with Erewash Borough Council, will be writing to the parents and carers of the young people issued with dispersal orders to warn them of the consequences of their future behaviour which we will closely monitor. We will be completing similar operations in the future.”
If you are experiencing similar issues or would like to talk to your Safer Neighbourhood team call 101 or alternatively send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section on www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.