Public to help decide on punishment of offenders

Anthony Stansfeld, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley is asking the public to help decide on appropriate options to be considered within a ‘Community Remedy Document’.

The Document is intended to give victims a choice in the actions taken to deal with offenders responsible for anti-social behaviour and low level crime.

The process is referred to as ‘Community Resolutions’.  This process represents an informal agreement between the parties involved, and can be a more proportionate alternative to arrest and court. Instead of involving the courts, an agreement is sought between the victim and the offender on an appropriate punishment.

The Community Remedy Document and the duty for the PCC to consult on the options it includes were introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Some examples of offences where a ‘Community Resolution’ could be appropriate are included below:

•Minor criminal damage

•Low value theft

•Minor assault without injury

•Anti-social behaviour (where there is no crime committed)

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: “The aim of the Community Remedy Document is to give victims a say in the way offenders of low level crime and anti-social behaviour are dealt with.

“The consultation will help me to decide on which options should be included in the Document or which options we can look into further for future inclusion.

“Once the Document is published police officers will be able to work with the victim and the offender to decide on an appropriate punishment.”

Hard copies can be requested from our office by using the contact details below:

Tel: 01865 846780

Email: pcc@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 

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Editors Notes

•The Community Remedy Document and the requirement for the PCC to consult on this was introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

•The Community Remedy Document will only be used for low level crime and anti-social behaviour and is only suitable for first time offenders

•The Community Remedy Document will be established in October 2014.

•The consultation will help the PCC decide which actions should be included in the Document

•We may not be able to include some of the options in the first version of the Community Remedy Document but the responses will help enable the PCC to decide which actions should be investigated further for possible inclusion in a future version.

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