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The publication of the Community Remedy menu comes as the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014 is launched, which introduces simpler, more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, providing better protection for victims and communities.
The Community Remedy gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low level crime and anti-social behaviour. This means that for these types of offences, police officers can use the Community Remedy to provide the victim with the opportunity to have a say in the punishment of the perpetrator.
Following consultation with the public about what punitive, reparative or rehabilitative actions would be appropriate for the Community Remedy, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have considered the views of the public and other professional bodies to develop the following remedy menu as a first phase for the Community Remedy:
- Offenders attend a neighbourhood justice panel (or equivalent)
- Offenders agree to an anti-social behaviour contract
- Parents agree to a parenting contract
- Victims provided with monetary compensation
- Victims receive a letter of apology from the perpetrator
- Victims receive a face to face apology from the perpetrator
A second phase of the Community Remedy is also proposed and is likely to be available in spring 2015 in order to introduce additional options for victims to choose from.
You can find information about the Anti-Social behaviour Act 2014 on the South Yorkshire Police website along with information about the new South Yorkshire anti-social behaviour Community Trigger, which allows the public to ask agencies including the police to review how they have responded to complaints of anti-social behaviour.
Posted on Monday 20th October 2014