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Commissioner launches Community Remedy consultation
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, has launched a public consultation today (Monday June 30) about how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) and low level crime in the county are dealt with.
 
Community Remedy, which is part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014), is designed to introduce simpler and more effective powers for tackling these low level issues. It is also designed to provide victims, should they want it, a say in the sanction an offender receives if the crime warrants an out of court settlement.
 
Once the changes are introduced in October 2014, victims will be able to choose from a menu of options how an offender will make amends for the matter. The administration of this reparation will then be completed by a ‘responsible person’ – which will usually be a police officer.
 
The reparation may include paying back the victim for the damage they have done or repairing the damage themselves, such as removing the offending graffiti. However the Commissioner would like to hear the opinions of the public and interested parties on what options should be offered in Hertfordshire so that they reflect the views of the community.
 
The consultation document gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for suggestions. Once the consultation is completed, the Commissioner will work with Hertfordshire Constabulary to develop a Community Remedy that both reflects the wishes of local people and is workable, reasonable and proportionate. 
 
Commissioner Lloyd said: “This legislation represents a golden opportunity to put many of the things I stand for into action, such as introducing a more locally-driven and victim-centred approach to criminal justice and making offenders payback directly to those who they have offended against.
 
“Policing and crime in Hertfordshire is everybody’s business and I’d urge as many people as possible to have their say by responding to the consultation. I am determined to make sure that Hertfordshire’s Community Remedy reflects the views of the people and businesses that live and work in the county.”
 
The consultation will run from Monday June 30 until midnight on Sunday August 31. You can respond to the consultation by filling out an online questionnaire at www.hertscommissioner.org.
 
Hard copies are also being distributed by Safer Neighbourhoods Teams around the county and can be requested from the Commissioner’s office by calling 01707 806100 or by writing to Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Harpenden Police Station, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4GZ.