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Survey gathers opinions to aid victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour

THE OFFICE of the Police and Crime Commissioner, in collaboration with Dyfed-Powys Police, has launched a public survey to gather opinions on options available to victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Community Remedy, a victim-centric approach to justice, aims to provide victims with a greater say in how offenders should be dealt with. It is designed to increase public confidence in out-of-court disposals and is most commonly used with first-time, low-level offenders.

The Community Resolution, a restorative justice pathway, offers a range of appropriate sanctions that can be used by the police and authorized investigating officers, sometimes in conjunction with other more formal out-of-court disposals.

These sanctions include reparations for damage caused, mediation to support dispute resolution, substance misuse and alcohol dependency support programs, verbal or written apologies, educational and diversionary courses, anger management courses, and other actions.

The suitability of the options will depend on the nature of the offence, the age of the offender, and the circumstances of the situation.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to ensuring age-appropriate, sustainable, and meaningful restorative services here in Dyfed-Powys, being mindful of the needs of those involved.

This includes restorative practices in education, family and community settings used for preventative measures and ongoing support, and out-of-court disposals to divert young adults from the criminal justice system.”

Llywelyn stressed the importance of supporting victims of crime to recover and move on, calling it a key part of a Police and Crime Commissioner’s role.

He added that making restorative justice, such as the Community Remedy, available is one of the best ways to achieve this goal.

Llywelyn urged the public to voice their opinions on the options available in Dyfed-Powys by completing the short survey, which is open until May 19th, and can be accessed through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DY25NKG.