Posted: Monday 3rd November 2014
Earlier this year I asked the public for their views on how best to deal with people who commit anti-social behaviour and low-level crime. Arising out of new legislation, the Community Remedy is designed to give victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of offenders.
After consulting with the public and our partners, I sat down with the Constabulary to develop a remedy that is both practical and reflects the wishes of the public, and our Community Remedy officially launched last week. There are seven sanctions – including mediation, reparation, restorative justice and parenting contracts – and if you’re interested you can read more about each of them on my website.
Anti-social behaviour is one of the most common reasons residents contact me and I believe that giving victims a say in the outcome of these incidents will leave them feeling more empowered and in control of the situation. It will also encourage offenders to consider their actions by making them payback directly to the victim in some way or agreeing to change their behaviour. I’m sure it will make a difference and look forward to seeing how it’s received both by the victims but by offenders too.
Coming up soon are the Neighbourhood Policing Awards, a chance for us to celebrate some of the outstanding work that has been done this year by police officers, staff and volunteers. The reason they mean so much to me is that nominations come from the public – people who have been so impressed by the service they’ve received that they’ve taken the time to tell us about it.
Reading the nomination forms is always a good reminder to me about the dedication, bravery and care shown throughout the Constabulary and shows that there is a lot of good work being done on a daily basis. The Bristol Post is a valuable supporter of the awards and if you’ve seen the coverage of the area winners I’m sure you’ll agree that they all deserve the recognition.
One of the things I enjoy most about being a Police and Crime Commissioner is meeting the community and hearing what they think of policing. It’s often praise, sometimes critical but never dull and always useful. On December 3rd, the next PCC/Police Public Forum will be held at the Shire Way Community Centre in Yate.
I enjoyed the last forum we held in that area and among the topics raised were perception of crime in the area, road safety and problems with motorbikes being ridden on green areas and cycle paths. The forum is your chance to come along and ask questions about policing in South Gloucestershire so if there’s something you want to discuss please do come along.
Until next time,