Giving victims a voice on low-level crime and ASB
Local people are being asked for their views about how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) and low level crime are dealt with.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens has launched a public consultation online at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk on ‘Community Remedy,’ part of the Government’s new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014).
‘Community Remedy’ is designed to give victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour a say in the out-of-court punishment of offenders. Once the changes are introduced in October 2014, victims will be able to choose from a menu of options how an offender will make amends for the matter.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens said: “The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act provides a unique opportunity to introduce a more locally-driven and victim-centred approach. It will also make offenders consider their actions by making them payback directly to those who they have offended against.
“I want to make sure that the options offered in Avon and Somerset reflects the views of the community and I would encourage as many people as possible to have their say, particularly if your lives have ever been affected by anti-social behaviour.”
The consultation gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for suggestions.
Once the consultation is completed, the PCC will work with Avon and Somerset Constabulary to develop a community remedy that both reflects the wishes of local people and is workable.
The consultation will run until midnight on August 29. You can respond to the consultation by visiting www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk or by phoning 01275 816377 for a hard copy survey.
Posted on Monday 14th July 2014