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 the powers which has a specific role for PCCs is the Community Remedy. This is a document designed to give victims of ASB and low level crime a say in how the offender is dealt with. Every PCC must produce a document for their area. In Lincolnshire this has been achieved via discussion with Local Authorities, Lincolnshire Police, other criminal justice agencies, and a public consultation which asked local people what was suitable for inclusion.
The result is a document shaped by the views of the individuals who will benefit from it. On signing the document with the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Neil Rhodes, PCC for Lincolnshire Alan Hardwick said:
“I firmly believe this new tool will help Lincolnshire Police in their fight against low level crime and ASB. Not only that, it provides a real opportunity for victims to be at the heart of the process and make the criminal justice system work for them. While it is always important to work positively with offenders, we must never lose sight of the needs of victims and the impact this type of crime has on them”.
Read the Community Remedy Document for Lincolnshire.