By Webteam - 10th June 2014 6:07am
John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, is asking for your views on what you think would be the most appropriate remedy for some anti-social behaviour and some minor offences as an alternative to the offender going to court.
He is asking this as a result of the introduction of a new law (the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014) which seeks to prevent offenders from reoffending and give victims a voice.
The feedback you give will be used to produce a Community Remedy Document which police officers will discuss with the victim who will have a say in the offender's punishment.
The types of offences that this may apply to would be:-
- Minor criminal damage
- Low value theft
- Minor assault without injury
- Anti-social behaviour (where there is no crime committed)
You can find the survey by clicking here — it's then at the bottom of the opened page.
The survey asks, in its opening question:
"From the list below, please tick up to THREE things, which in your opinion, you would think may be suitable to be carried out by a person who has engaged in anti-social behaviour or committed an offence where it would be better to resolve the matter out of court.
- Face to Face apology
- Letter of apology
- Enter an agreement. E.g. not to go within a certain distance of an address or within a certain geographic area
- An acceptable behaviour contract — where the offender agrees not to behave antisocially in the future, or face more formal consequences such as an antisocial behaviour order (or a criminal behaviour order)
- Structured activity such as alcohol or drug treatment or training courses (e.g. anger management course)
- Mediation — by a third party to bring together both parties to reach common agreement, for example, to resolve a neighbour dispute;
- Paying compensation to the victim (e.g. for any damage caused),
- Reparation to the victim (e.g. repairing damage or cleaning graffiti off a wall)
- Reparation to the community — for example, by doing unpaid work for up to 10 hours)
It then asks: "Do you have any other suggestions for possible actions for community remedy?" You can add details about your suggestion.
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