Herts police and crime commissioner David Lloyd is inviting people across the county to have more of a say in how low-level criminals are dealt with.
A consultation launched this week will ask for people’s views on a ‘Community Remedy’ initiative which comes under a new law – the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.
The idea could see victims of crime deciding how their assailants are punished.
If approved, the changes would only relate to low-level crimes if they warrant an out of court settlement, and the reparations – whether it be paying back the victim for the damage they have done or repairing the damage themselves – would be administrated by a ‘responsible person’, usually a police officer.
The aim of the scheme is to introduce simpler and more effective powers for tackling more low level issues such as anti-social behaviour.
Once Mr Lloyd’s consultation is completed, the commissioner will work with Herts Police to develop a bespoke community remedy that is ‘workable, reasonable and proportionate’.
The ‘menu’ of punishment options available to victims would reflect the preferred choices of people in Herts, once the project is rolled out in October.
Mr 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 pay back directly to those who they have offended against.
“Policing and crime in Herts 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 our community remedy reflects the views of the people and businesses that live and work in the county.”
The consultation begins today and runs until the end of August.
Take part at hertscommissioner.org or request a paper copy of the questionnaire by calling 01707 806100.