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Commissioner Seeks Public Views on Community Remedy

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Graffiti would be removed as part of Community Remedy.

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, will be hitting the road over the coming weeks to ask local communities across Cleveland for their views on new Community Remedy proposals.

Community Remedy forms part of a set of legislative changes regarding antisocial behaviour, as outlined in the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2013, and involves a list of actions which may be carried out by an offender who has committed a relatively low level offence as an alternative to court proceedings.

Part of the legislation states that Police and Crime Commissioners must consult with local communities and obtain their input when putting together the list of activities, and the Commissioner will be undertaking this in a series of roadshows taking pace across Cleveland during March.

Barry Coppinger said: "I am committed to diverting people from offending, and where possible rehabilitating offenders to prevent them from reoffending. We know that for some offenders entering the Criminal Justice System can lead to a lifelong cycle of offending, and initiatives such as Community Remedy, which focus on rehabilitation from a very early stage are a key means of preventing future reoffending, whilst also empowering victims by giving them a say in the reparation carried out by the offender."

Consultation has already been undertaken with public and voluntary sector organisations across Cleveland in putting together a proposed menu of reparation activities. Members of the public will be asked to select what they view as the most appropriate sanctions from the list, and suggest alternatives.

Roadshows will be taking place in the following locations:

  • Middlesbrough - Monday 17th March, 11:00 to 13:00, Cleveland Centre
  • Hartlepool - Thursday 20th March, 11:00 to 13:00, Middleton Grange
  • Stockton - Wednesday 26th March, 11:00 to 13:00, Castlegate Shopping Centre
  • Redcar and Cleveland - Friday 28th March, 11:00 to 13:00, Redcar High Street

Members of the public can also complete an online questionnaire. All views should be received by 30th April 2014.

 

Posted on Thursday 13th March 2014
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