What is Community Remedy?
As of the 20th October 2014, Community Remedy, introduced by the new Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, will allow victims of anti-social behaviour or low level crime to choose (with guidance from an officer) a suitable resolution for offenders to carry out as an alternative to going through the criminal justice system.
Community Remedy, similar to areas of restorative justice, is intended to allow victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour a voice in the out-of-court punishment for perpetrators.
The aim of community remedy is to make community justice transparent to the public and involve victims in the process to provide fair punishments by publishing a community remedy document.
What is the Community Remedy Document?
The community remedy document allows options within the existing process for delivering community resolutions and will be used by police officers to invite a victim to choose an appropriate action for the perpetrator to take from this list of actions.
A public consultation led by the police and crime commissioner was open over summer (2014) which helped inform the final list of actions which vary for each police force. A copy of this consultation survey is available.
The actions listed on the community remedy document were agreed in the SGB on 20th October 2014 between the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles and the Chief Constable, Mick Creedon. The decision can be found in the meeting report papers.
The final (agreed) version of the community remedy document for Derbyshire is available.
The community remedy document will be reviewed every 12 months to ensure the list of outcomes is still appropriate for offenders and being used efficiently.
Requirements for the use of the Community Remedy
The requirements that have to be met before using community remedy are:
- Mainly to be used for first time offending
- Evidence that a person has engaged in anti-social behaviour
- Admittance of guilt from the person engaged with the behaviour, and agree to participate and capable of understanding the situation and process
- Evidence is suitable for taking proceedings for a civil injunction but considered that a community resolution would be more appropriate.
Benefits to Community Remedy
- Community remedy allows victims a voice in the outcome of offenders
- Allows a simple process for first time offending
- Provides a local influence in outcomes which is likely to increase public confidence.