TIM DREW: Public consultation on the ‘Community Remedy’

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LAST month, police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne launched a public consultation inviting people to voice their opinions on how to deal with people who commit low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Community Remedy, which is a provision of the recently enacted Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, is part and parcel of this initiative, and gives communities the option to have a say in how offenders should make reparation for their actions.

It provides victims with a route for swifter justice, and ensures that offenders have to face immediate consequences for their actions, which could make them less likely to re-offend in the future.

It also provides a locally developed framework that will enhance existing Community Resolution or Conditional Caution routes – often referred to as ‘out-of-court disposals’ – and reduce the burden and expense placed on the criminal justice system.

The police are seeking people’s views on what should be included in the Sussex Community Remedy document prior to its publication in October.

Please make these known by completing their short survey at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/public-consultations

The consultation will close at midnight on September 30.

Afterwards, victims of crime will be able to choose from a list of options and police officers will be responsible for making arrangements for administering reparation by the offenders. This may include compensation for damage caused or the offenders making good the damage themselves, such as by removing graffiti.

• The Goring Ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet between 7pm and 8pm at Worthing Leisure Centre’s Shaftesbury Room on Monday, August 18. The following evening, PCSO Dan Cobden hosts his surgery between 6pm and 7pm, at the Durrington Community Centre, in New Road, and the Heene Ward Neighbourhood Panel will meet between 7pm and 8pm at the Heene Community Centre, in Heene Road. On Thursday, August 21, PCSO Emma Crane or PCSO Helen Green will be available to discuss issues in Clifton Road, from 8pm to 9pm.