Stephen 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 this menu of options if a police officer deems community resolution is appropriate.
Community Remedies are likely to include measures such as repairing damage to property, cleaning up graffiti or receiving another punishment proportionate to the crime. Victims can also ask the offender direct questions, receive an apology or, in situations such as neighbour disputes, request third-party mediation. By reconciling the offenders with the victim of their crimes, it’s hoped they will understand the impact of their offending. Community Remedy is a way of delivering justice without involving the court process.
Launching the consultation, Stephen Bett said: “Community Remedies give victims a stronger voice and puts their needs at the heart of punishment for offenders. They also give the police and other partners flexibility to deal with a given situation.
“Community Remedies offer a serious alternative to the court process and give victims a choice. They gain closure for the victim and help the offenders break the cycle of crime.
“I want to hear people’s views over the next month so I can collect a wide range of opinions. I will then work with the Chief Constable to formulate a list of Community Remedies for Norfolk.
“You may agree with the draft list or you may have other ideas; either way, please let me know.”
The consultation will run throughout August. Once feedback has been considered a formal Community Remedy for Norfolk will be sent to the Chief Constable for approval.