A stronger voice for victims, a swifter approach to justice
Community Remedy isn’t about being soft on crime but it is about a pragmatic approach to the low-level community issues police officers and police community support officers face on a regular basis.
At its heart is trying to ensure the victim or victims of a minor offence feel that an appropriate level of sanction, or remedy, has been administered swiftly and in a way that connects what has happened to remedying that harm or damage.
It means fewer very minor offences will end up in the mainstream criminal justice system as well as helping to avoid a moment of low level stupidity tainting someone’s future prospects in life permanently.
Whilst the final decision sits with the discretion and judgement of the officer dealing with the issue, those who have been adversely affected by what’s happened must have their say during this process. Normally, but not exclusively, Community Remedy will be used for first time low level offences.
Whilst Community Remedies are at the discretion of officers it is also important that there is some consistency of approach across Staffordshire. Safer Neighbourhood Panels in each local policing area in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will scrutinise the way Staffordshire Police use Community Resolutions and Cautions.
The public have played a part in shaping what Community Remedies look like
Over 3,500 people from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have helped shape a new list of non-criminal remedies the police can use to deal with people who engage in low-level crime or anti-social behaviour, without driving them into the criminal justice system.
These actions are listed in Staffordshire’s Community Remedy (PDF, 491kb) document.