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Community Remedy

On the 20th October 2014, new powers available to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and police forces under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into effect. The Act has provided new methods to tackle low level crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

One of these powers provided additional services for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour – the Community Remedy Menu.   This is a document designed to give victims of ASB and low level crime a say in how the offender is dealt with.  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.  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.

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. 

Essex Community Remedy Menu

Every Chief Constable and PCC must produce a document for their area.  In Essex this has been achieved via discussion with Local Authorities, Essex Police, other criminal justice agencies, and a public consultation which asked local people what was suitable for inclusion.   Chief Constable Steven Kavanagh and Police & Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst have recently reviewed the Essex Community Remedy Menu which can be found below.

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 committed a minor criminal offence or
  • 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.

Referral to Restorative and Mediation Service:

1. Written apology

2. Restorative Justice or Mediation (face to face, or indirect, communication with the perpetrator)

If the above options are chosen, this form should be completed and emailed to: restorativejustice@essex.pnn.police.uk 

Police to Supervise:

3. Verbal apology

4. Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC)

5. Financial Compensation for theft or damage offences (adults only)

6. Rehabilitation activity to address offending

CONTACT THE PCC.

PCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB
01245 291600

If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here