Please note – this consultation is now closed
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett, has launched a month-long consultation to give people a greater say in how anti-social behaviour and low-level crime are dealt with.
The recent Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act places a statutory duty on all PCCs to develop a list of Community Remedies. From this Autumn, victims will be able to have a say in the punishment of the offender from a list of options if a police officer deems a community resolution is appropriate.
“I want to hear people’s views over the next month so I can then work with the Chief Constable to formulate a list of Community Remedies for Norfolk,” Stephen said. “You may agree with the draft list or you may have other ideas; either way, please let me know.”
What is Community Remedy?
It is a process where a first-time offender, who has committed a low-level offence and who expresses regret for their actions, undertakes reparative work to put right the harm they have caused. It is not automatic but provides an alternative to going through the traditional court system which can absorb a great amount of time and taxpayers money.
When can Community Remedy be used?
Someone commits low-level crime or anti-social behaviour. They admit to the offence and the police officer considers that a community resolution is appropriate. Typically, community resolutions are used when dealing with low-level criminal damage, low value theft, minor assaults (without injury) and anti-social behaviour.
Why is Community Remedy important?
The process allows victims of crime to have a say in the punishment of offenders as well as an opportunity to meet them face-to-face. It enables the victims to understand why the offender committed the crime, as well as the offender understanding how much upset may have been experienced by the victim. The offender agrees to this course of action and the victim does not have to meet the offender unless they wish to.
How can you be sure the offender carries out their punishment?
The offender must provide proof that they have completed the action to the managing body. Once this has taken place, the matter is resolved.
Why am I taking part?
Your PCC must consult the local community about what actions should be included in the Community Remedy options. The list is agreed with the Chief Constable and published.