Community remedy

Having your say in how anti-social behaviour offenders make amends

A Community Remedy covers the out-of-court options available to deal with anti-social behaviour and low level crime in the community if considered suitable.

Anti-social behaviour is a term that covers a wide range of issues that can cause misery in communities.

The objectives for Community Remedy are;

  • Avoiding criminalising individuals for first time and/or low level offences.
  • Allowing flexibility in the way in which anti-social behaviour and low level crimes can be dealt with in a face-to-face manner.
  • Ensuring resources used for preparing cases for court are used proportionately.

In 2014, your Commissioner and North Yorkshire Police first engaged in a consultation exercise with members of the public to identify options available to be used as part of Community Remedy. This process is taking place again, from November 2022 – January 2023.

Community Remedy gives victims a much greater say in dealing with offenders who commit low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

Some of the options available include:

  • The offender paying for the damage they have caused.
  • The offender being referred to an alcohol abuse programme, to help tackle their drinking problem.
  • The offender entering into a contract which spells out acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. If the offender breaks this contract, this can be used as evidence for further action.

The suitability of the options depends on the nature of the offence, the age of the offender and the particular circumstances.

A police officer will discuss the situation with the victim, to help them come to the best solution.

The police will do their best to take all of the victim’s views into account before deciding the final course of action.

In some cases, a police officer may be able to suggest additional options that are available in your local area.

Community Remedy Consultation 2022

The options Commissioner Zoë wants to hear you views on are:

  • Restorative Justice: An opportunity to bring those harmed and those responsible for the harm into communication with each other, in a safe and supported way.
  • Verbal or written apology to the victim
  • Signing an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC): An opportunity for the offender to make a positive change in their behaviour by agreeing to particular conditions or actions e.g., participating in an educational programme or agreeing not to go to a particular area.
  • A referral to a local rehabilitative, educational or diversionary activity, to support an improvement in behaviour: via a community-based support scheme.
  • Personal/Community Reparation: for example, repairing or paying for the damage caused.
  • Mediation to support the resolution of disputes

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