Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is seeking ideas from the community on ways in which offenders can carry out unpaid work as part of their sentencing requirement.
Community Payback can be part of a 'community sentence' which involves the offender carrying out supervised work in the community which can amount to anywhere between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: "An Unpaid Work requirement meets the sentencing purposes of punishment and reparation. For some offenders there are also rehabilitative benefits, as an unpaid work requirement can provide an opportunity to develop life and vocational skills that reduce the risk of reoffending.
"Offenders work on projects that benefit the community, such as environmental conservation, decorating and renovating buildings, or recycling and they may also work directly with local charities and other organisations.
"This work benefits the community - and means the offenders pay back the community for their crimes at the same time."
For this reason, members of public are being encouraged to nominate Community Payback work projects for offenders which will benefit their community. This should be work which would not otherwise be carried out by any other agency.
Anyone who thinks their area would benefit from a graffiti clean up, an unsightly area suffering from an excess of litter and rubbish, or an overgrown footpath or bridal way which is in need of attention can put their proposal forward by using the attached link to give a brief summary of their suggestion to be considered.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner can be contacted on 01642 301653 for any further advice and assistance and will take up ideas with the relevant agencies.
In 2013-14, 739 offenders completed unpaid work projects in Cleveland which comprised environmental work in parks and cemeteries, cutting back hedges, litter picking, painting fences or repairing miles of public footpath.
Posted on Monday 4th August 2014