Still time to give views on Commissioner's Community Remedy scheme
Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, is urging the public to get involved in his latest consultation and is reminding residents in County Durham and Darlington that there is still time to have their say.
Mr Hogg wants 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.
"Residents views are vital in shaping the document so I urge you to give your views before Friday 22 August 2014, when the consultation closes."
To provide feedback on the Community Remedy Document, visit: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk, or to request a hard copy please call 03000 264633.
The final Community Remedy Document will come into force later this year.
Posted on Thursday 14th August 2014