Tell Dorset's PCC How You'd Deal with Anti-Social Behaviour!
8:26am 13th June 2014
Communities in Dorset can now have a say on how they want anti-social behaviour to be dealt with.
A three-month consultation, launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, has been launched and will contribute to a new scheme in the county, called Community Remedy.
It aims to give victims more power to decide how an offender is punished, and they can also choose to meet the perpetrator to discuss how the crime has affected their lives.
The Remedy scheme is an alternative to the usual court process.
It's hoped this approach will allow victims to discuss their feelings, as well as providing a list of punishments to choose from, all of which will benefit the local area in Dorset.
Martyn Underhill said this form of restorative justice will benefit both sides of low-level crime: "Last year there were 29,436 recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in the county. Community resolution benefits the victim in gaining closure on the incident and helps the offender to break the cycle of crime."
"I want to consult with as many people as possible over the next few months so I can collect a wide range of views. Already the public in Dorset has suggested beach litter picks which is now on the menu of possible options."