Posted on 01 March 2016
Community Remedy has been introduced as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to give victims of low level crime and anti-social behaviour a greater say in how offenders should be punished.
During the summer, John Dwyer Police & Crime Commissioner asked the public what punishments they thought would be a suitable alternative in cases where it is considered that a community resolution is more appropriate than going to court.
John said, “I was delighted that over 500 people took part in the survey and as a result of the feedback, I have now published my Community Remedy Document that victims and police officers will use to discuss the offence to see if a community remedy would be appropriate.
“Victims will be able to choose from a list of options including having the offender repair the damage, replace stolen property, unpaid work in the local area, a face to face conversation, letter of apology, mediation or a combination of several options.
“This system will give victims a real voice and should provide quick and effective solutions to the type of low level crime and anti-social behaviour which blights all our lives. “
To be suitable for Community Remedy:
- The officer must have evidence that the offender has engaged in anti-social
behaviour or committed an offence
- The offender must admit to the behaviour or offence and agree to participate in a Community Remedy
- The officer must think the evidence is enough for court proceedings or to impose a caution, but considers a community resolution to be more appropriate.
- The victim needs to agree to participate in Community Remedy and
- The Remedy is given if it is a one-off first time low level offence
More information can be found here
Last updated 1st March 2016