Sussex Police is set to improve the outcomes for victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.
Following the introduction of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 each police force in England and Wales is required to publish a Community Remedy document. This provides victims with a choice of activities and sanctions for offenders to complete.
The county’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, carried out a public consultation in August and September 2014 to find out what out-of-court sanctions residents wanted to see included within the Community Remedy document for Sussex.
She said: “The public consultation attracted responses from almost 2,500 residents, which tells me that local people do want a say in how offenders of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with.
“The Chief Constable and I have reviewed that feedback and together we have developed five Community Remedy options for Sussex.
“Crucially, these options put victims firmly in the driving seat, ensuring that offenders have to face immediate consequences for their actions and repair the harm caused. This could make them less likely to reoffend in the future.
“The Community Remedy approach will remain under constant review to ensure that it is responsive and accountable to victims and members of the public in Sussex.”
The five Community Remedy options that are available in Sussex are:
· Personal/Community Reparation e.g. repairing or paying for damage caused
· Restorative Justice e.g. parental contract, shuttle conference
· Receiving a written or oral apology
· A local rehabilitative or diversionary activity e.g. an acceptable behaviour contract, educational assignment or other forms of rehabilitation.
· Another agreed and proportionate activity specified by the victim.
The Sussex Community Remedy document is published online: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/police-crime-plan/community-remedy-document/