A PUBLIC consultation is being launched so people can have a say on how offenders involved in low-level crime and anti-social behaviour can be dealt with.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says he was ‘as many people as possible’ to take part in the survey before he publishes a Community Remedies document for the county.

From this autumn, victims of low level crime and anti-social behaviour will have a say in the sanction given to the offender by the police from a menu of options. This is being introduced through the recent Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which places a statutory duty on all police and crime commissioners to develop and publish a list of Community Remedies.

The document could include options for the offender to repair damage to property, clean up graffiti or receive a sanction proportionate to the crime. Victims can also request to meet the offender - in a controlled setting known as Restorative Justice - where they can ask the offender direct questions, seek an explanation for their actions, explain the impact of the offender’s behaviour, and ask for an apology.

Mr Rhodes said: “Community Remedy allows victims of anti-social behaviour and low level crime a voice by enabling them to have a say in how offenders are dealt with. Putting victims at the heart of all our work is something that I have advocated from day one, and I welcome the opportunity to engage with people on the Community Remedy options to reinforce this commitment.

“I would urge as many people as possible take the chance to have their say on this important change by completing the questionnaire on my website. Following the consultation, I will draw up the Community Remedy document and agree it with the Chief Constable, before publishing it in October.”

The questionnaire can be completed online at http://www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/working-for-you/public-consultation.aspx Alternatively, copies can be downloaded from the website: www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk or obtained from my office. Email: commissioner@cumbria-pcc.gov.uk, or tel: 01768-217734.