Commissioner consults public on new Community Remedy scheme
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has launched a public consultation to gauge the public’s views on a community resolution, which will give victims of crime a greater say in how anti-social behaviour and low level crime is dealt with.
The recently enacted Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act places a statutory duty on the Commissioner to develop a Community Remedy Document which sets out how public protection partners will deliver elements of restorative justice across the county and which offences or situations qualify for this style of approach.
Mr Hogg said: "Community Remedy is a way of delivering justice without involving court action and concentrates on rehabilitating offenders who have committed low-level offences by reconciling them with the victim of their crimes, so that they might understand the impact of their offending."
"Victims will have the option of asking questions directly to the offender, receive an apology or have any damage repaired, which can speed up the recovery process and provide them with necessary closure. There is also some evidence to suggest that this approach prompts positive behavioural changes in the offender in the long-term, which can significantly reduce demand on police resources."
Before the Community Remedy Document is finalised and comes into force later this year, Mr Hogg is keen for residents across County Durham and Darlington to give their views and provide feedback on the document.
The consultation began Monday 7 July and closes on Friday 22 August 2014.
To provide feedback on the Community Remedy Document, visit: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk or to request a hard copy please call 03000 264631.
Posted on Tuesday 8th July 2014