PEOPLE in South Derbyshire are being consulted on their views about major changes which could give victims a greater say on how antisocial behaviour and low-level crime is dealt with.
Derbyshire police and crime commissioner Alan Charles (pictured) is canvassing for opinion on plans for a new ‘Community Remedy’ scheme that could allow justice to be served without involving court action.
It would instead concentrate on rehabilitating offenders who have committed low-level offences by reconciling them with the victim of their crimes so that they might understand the impact of their offending.
Victims would be able to ask questions directly to the offender, receive an apology or have any damage repaired, which can speed up the recovery process and provide them with closure.
Mr Charles said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that enforcement doesn’t always deliver the long-term results we want for our communities and merely provides a temporary lull in criminal activity before offending recommences.
“In cases where police are dealing with persistent and prolific antisocial behaviour offenders we need a system which magnifies the reality of their behaviour and provides them with a deeper understanding of the effect on their victims.
“Research shows this is a good way of breaking negative patterns of behaviour and also assists the victim’s recovery, which is of primary concern. I want to utilise this approach to achieve the maximum benefits for victims, communities and offenders and I’m very keen to hear from the public how this can be best achieved.”
Anyone who would like to comment on the plans is urged to visit www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1662053/Community-Remedy-Consultation