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Newstead Abbey event brings opportunity to influence justice

Visitors to the Emergency Services Day at Newstead Abbey on Sunday (31 August) will be able to discuss policing issues and community remedy options with Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and his team.

“This is an ideal opportunity for people not only to see how the county’s emergency services work but also for victims of crime to have a say on punishment for some offences,” the Commissioner said.

“We will be asking people, as part of our continuing consultation, how they would like our police force and criminal justice agencies to deal with low-level crime and isolated incidents of anti-social behaviour. One of the main driving forces behind community remedies is the opportunity it provides to rehabilitate offenders, make them more accountable to their victims and less likely to reoffend in the future.”

Commissioners are legally required to develop a Community Remedy Document setting out how criminal justice partners, including the police, will deliver court-free sanctions across the county.

Such remedies can only be used in special circumstances. These involve very minor offences, when an offender has committed a low-level offence for the first time, shows remorse for their actions, and most importantly when a victim agrees that this is the right approach to justice.

The Commissioner’s survey is asking the public what kinds of offences they feel would be appropriately dealt with by a community remedy and which tasks they would support as part of the resolution. Options include a face-to-face apology to the victim, a written apology, a restorative justice conference where a police officer or independent mediator brings victim and offender together to resolve the issues, help or treatment which the offender pays for, or compensation where an offender pays for damage they have caused or to replace property they have stolen.

The Commissioner will attend from 1.00pm

The survey is also available to complete online at:

http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Get-Involved/Consultations-and-Surveys/Community-Remedy.aspx

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Posted on Thursday 28th August 2014
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