Stephen would like to thank everyone who shared their views on how low-level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with in Norfolk. The responses to the month-long community remedy consultation are currently being reviewed in preparation to draw up a final list of options. That list will then be agreed with Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey.
“An initial look through the responses we have received suggests a great deal of support for community remedies in general,” Stephen said. “People have embraced the fact that the overall approach will give victims a stronger voice and a choice in how they get justice, but they are also keen to seek reassurance that the victim’s needs and wishes will in fact remain at the heart of how each case is handled by police.
“Viewpoints vary widely on which of the suggested options individuals would themselves choose should they find themselves in that position. There is a real divide between those preferring the options of meeting the offender, finding out why they did what they did and ultimately getting an apology, and others who want to see something in particular done like fixing the damage or doing some kind of community payback. It has also been suggested that victims should be able to request more than one remedy, for example meeting the offender to get an apology as well as having damage repaired or property replaced.
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We will be combining those responses with the views of a panel of victims of crime, considering them all as we take another look at the draft list ready to present a final version to our Chief Constable.”