Thursday, 17 July 2014

PCC: Community Remedy Consultation

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 comes into force fully in October, bringing with it sweeping changes aimed at ensuring those responsible for dealing with anti-social behaviour are putting the needs of victims first.

Among the changes, in future a ‘Community Remedy’ will give victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of offenders through a list of ‘options’ that can be chosen from. These options must reflect the effects on the victim by having either a punitive element, achieving financial or other amends for the victim, addressing the causes of the perpetrator’s behaviour, or a combination of these.

In addition to giving victims a voice, the remedy will offer offenders an alternative to going to court and getting a criminal record with the aim of ultimately reducing re-offending.

Before the options are finally decided upon and listed in the Community Remedy document, I am consulting with members of the public, community representatives and local authorities to find out their views.

As a key partner and contributor in this area of work, I am inviting you to take part in this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. Please also feel free to circulate this email more widely via your own communication channels and other key contacts.

Further information about Community Remedy is available at;

Thank you for your time.

Sir Graham Bright

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner