Cumbrians urged to get involved in consultation on how to tackle low level crime

REMEDIES: Cumbria's Police and Crime Commission Richard Rhodes

REMEDIES: Cumbria's Police and Crime Commission Richard Rhodes

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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.

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4:01pm Sat 23 Aug 14

drixhen says...

reported low level crime to police in the past they dont want to know
a complete waste of time doing a survey nothing will change .
reported low level crime to police in the past they dont want to know a complete waste of time doing a survey nothing will change . drixhen
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5:35pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Ken.Moor says...

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Ken.Moor
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12:53am Tue 26 Aug 14

Lakeuk says...

Was surprised looking at the local crime maps that anti-social behaviour does get tracked, these case don't show a crime number and the detail just says :-

"Details, case timelines and current statuses are not provided for anti-social behaviour"
Was surprised looking at the local crime maps that anti-social behaviour does get tracked, these case don't show a crime number and the detail just says :- "Details, case timelines and current statuses are not provided for anti-social behaviour" Lakeuk
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