JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT FOR DORSET RESIDENTS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON HOW OFFENDERS ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill launched a three month consultation in June urging residents to have their say on how anti-social behaviour and low level crime is dealt with in the county.
Having received just over 850 responses so far he is urging as many residents as possible to share their views and get involved with the survey.
The recent Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act places a statutory duty on all PCCs to develop a list of Community Remedies. From this autumn, victims will be able to select the punishment for the offender from a menu of options.
Community Remedies are likely to include measures such as repairing damage to property, cleaning up graffiti or receiving a punishment proportionate to the crime. Victims can also ask the offender direct questions, mediate or receive an apology. By bringing together the offender with the victim of their crime, it’s hoped they will better understand the impact of their actions. Community Remedy is a way of delivering justice without going through the traditional court process.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said; “Last year there were around 80 recorded incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour every day of the year in Dorset. These low level crimes have a massive impact on the area and therefore it is vital I hear from as many residents as possible on how we should punish offenders.”
“Community Remedies give victims a greater voice and puts them at the heart of the punishment for the offender and helps the offender to break the cycle of crime. I am passionate about victim care – this is something the people of Dorset have been asking for and victims want this option as an alternative to the court process.”