Anti-social behaviour: have your say on ‘community remedy’
July 1st, 2014
Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is launching a public consultation to give people a say on how offenders of certain low level crime and anti-social behaviour can be dealt with.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 comes into force fully in October, bringing with it sweeping changes aimed at ensuring those responsible for dealing with anti-social behaviour are putting the needs of victims first.
Among the changes, in future a ‘Community Remedy’ will give victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of offenders through a list of ‘options’ that can be chosen from. These options must reflect the effects on the victim by having either a punitive element, achieving financial or other amends for the victim, addressing the causes of the perpetrator’s behaviour, or a combination of these.
Before the actions for punishment are finally decided upon and listed in the Community Remedy document, Sir Graham is consulting with members of the public, community representatives and local authorities to find out their views.
Sir Graham said: “Community Remedy puts victims of anti-social behaviour and low level crime in the driving seat by enabling them to have a say in how offenders are dealt with. Putting real people – the victims – at the heart of all our work is something that we are extremely supportive of in Cambridgeshire. We are taking a leading and innovative approach in this respect. I hope that as many people as possible take the chance to have their say on this important change by completing the questionnaire on my website.”
In addition to giving victims a voice, the remedy will offer offenders an alternative to going to court and getting a criminal record with the aim of ultimately reducing re-offending.
Community Remedy will only be used in certain circumstances which include:
- The offences are not serious
- It’s the offender’s first offence, or one of the few very minor offences and;
- The victim agrees
Further information about Community Remedy is available here
To complete the questionnaire please click here