Community Remedy Consultation

Overview

police stationThe Government has committed to significantly reforming the ways in which low level crime is tackled through the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act which received Royal Assent in March 2014. One of the new approaches is the Community Remedy, which gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of offenders. The legislation does not specify what actions should be included in the Community Remedy document and will vary from one Police Force to another. 

This consultation sought the views of residents on the sanctions to be included in the West Midlands Community Remedy.  Under the new rules, victims of low-level crime are to be offered a say in the way offenders are dealt with out of court.

Why we consulted

The Community Remedy has three key elements: 

  1. The Act places a duty on Police and Crime Commissioners to consult with members of the public and community representatives on what punitive, restorative or rehabilitative actions they would consider appropriate to be on the Community Remedy document.  
  1. Police Officers will work from the resulting menu of sanctions when using two types of out-of-court disposal - informal community resolutions and conditional cautions. 
  1. The victim must be consulted on the sanction to be offered to the offender and given the option to choose an appropriate sanction from the menu. The police officer in question (or prosecutor in some cases) will have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the sanction offered to the offender is proportionate to the offence. 

The Commissioner therefore consulted the public about what should be included in the Community Remedy Document. 

consultationWhen you have been the victim of a crime, or have suffered from some form of anti-social behaviour, there are a number of ways that West Midlands Police can deal with the incident. In some cases, it will be necessary to pursue a case through the criminal or civil courts. However, this is not always the best solution, and in many cases, it is often preferable to attempt a more 'informal' solution first.   It helps police to spend more time on the streets whilst ensuring that offenders are dealt with swiftly and in a manner which reduces the likelihood of reoffending.

The Commissioner believes that decision making should be victim-led, in consultation with the officer dealing with the case and is seeking your views on the options for offenders who commit low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

We wanted to know what you feel would be suitable to help the police deal with the matter out of court.   The new changes will give victims the option to request that their offenders carry out activities which have been shown to increase levels of victim satisfaction compared to the court process. If the offender does not agree to this, they can be taken to court instead.

We do not wish to be prescriptive in the options available to victims and therefore we do not intend to put any restrictions on the type of activity that can take place, instead decision making will be dependent on what activity and resources are available in the relevant area.  The officer dealing with your case will explain what services are available locally that might be relevant in your situation.

Options consultation

We consulted on four proposed options for inclusion in the community remedy document.  These are are summarised in the feedback form below: 

This consultation closed at 10am on Monday 8 September 2014.

Community Remedy Consultation - please give your views on the four options

Community Remedy Consultation







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