The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a public consultation inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour are dealt with.
From October this year victims of crime will be able to choose from a list of options which may include getting the offender to repairing the damage themselves, such as removing graffiti.
In Crowborough during May there were 34 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported to Sussex Police.
You can view all crimes recorded in Crowborough, not just anti-social behaviour, by neighbourhood and see the current status of the investigation here –
- Crowborough St John: 2
- Crowborough East: 7
- Crowborough Jarvis Brook: 12
- Crowborough North: 10
- Crowborough West: 3
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 lower level crimes.
It gives communities the option to have a say in how offenders should face up to their actions and make amends. It provides victims of low-level crimes and anti-social behaviour with a route for swifter justice, and ensures offenders have to face immediate consequences for their actions, which could make them less likely to reoffend in the future. And it is also has the added benefit of reducing the burden and expense placed on the criminal justice system.
Mrs Bourne is seeking the opinions of residents and partners on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of local people and businesses.
Once the consultation is completed the Commissioner will work with Sussex Police to develop a community remedy that both reflects the wishes of local people and is practical, effective and proportionate.
Commenting on the consultation Mrs Bourne said:
This new legislation supports the priorities in the Sussex
Police & Crime Plan, which sets out a more locally-driven and victim-centred approach to criminal justice.
The results of a recent poll on my website showed that anti-social behaviour is one of the biggest concerns for local people, with littering, drug and alcohol misuse, and inconsiderate driving and parking topping the list of issues local people are experiencing most often.
I am determined to ensure that the community remedy in Sussex reflects the views of local people. Policing and crime in Sussex is everybody’s business and I urge as many people as possible to have their say by responding to the consultation.
The consultation only takes a couple of minutes to complete and you’ll be asked to consider what remedies you think are appropriate.
will close at midnight on 30 September 2014. A survey can be completed online at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk, which gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.