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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, 3 Hoffmans Way, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1GU
01245 291600

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