Police Commissioner asks: How would you like to punish low-level criminals?

Bournemouth Echo: Martyn Underhill Martyn Underhill

RESIDENTS are to be asked how to punish low-level criminals across Dorset.

Dorset’s police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill opened a three-month consultation into how low-level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with last week.

Recent legislation means all PCCs are required to develop a list of ‘community remedies’.

From the autumn victims will be able to select punishments from a menu of options.

Mr Underhill said the new law would help give victims a greater voice and that he wanted to ask as many people in the county as possible for their views.

“Already the public in Dorset has suggested beach litterpicks which is now on the menu of possible options,” he added.

“Last year there were 29,436 recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in the county. Community resolution benefits the victim in gaining closure on the incident and helps the offender break the cycle of crime.

“I am passionate about victim care – this is something the people of Dorset have been asking for and victims want this option as an alternative to the court process.”

The menu of options is likely to include measures such as repairing damage to property and cleaning up graffiti.

In addition to the online survey, a number of focus groups are being held to consult communities on what they’d like to see on the list of options. The first focus group will take place in Wareham on June 24.

• For more information about how to take part in the consultation or to participate in the focus groups, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dorsetcommunityremedy or call 01202 223966.

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4:55pm Tue 17 Jun 14

nobbythesheep says...

Really? they get to choose their punishment? wow. They should ask them to choose and them give them a different one.
Really? they get to choose their punishment? wow. They should ask them to choose and them give them a different one. nobbythesheep
  • Score: -7

5:02pm Tue 17 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

What's the point in offering any ideas. They will go to appeal as cleaning sewers infringed their human rights...but perfectly OK for them to infringe the human rights of the person they committed the crime against.
What's the point in offering any ideas. They will go to appeal as cleaning sewers infringed their human rights...but perfectly OK for them to infringe the human rights of the person they committed the crime against. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 17

5:05pm Tue 17 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

nobbythesheep wrote:
Really? they get to choose their punishment? wow. They should ask them to choose and them give them a different one.
You might have misread the article, the victim chooses the punishment not the perpetrator.
[quote][p][bold]nobbythesheep[/bold] wrote: Really? they get to choose their punishment? wow. They should ask them to choose and them give them a different one.[/p][/quote]You might have misread the article, the victim chooses the punishment not the perpetrator. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 13

5:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

loftusrod says...

Great news!
We can get the 'travellers' to clear up their own mess!
Great news! We can get the 'travellers' to clear up their own mess! loftusrod
  • Score: 13

5:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Instead of "Recent legislation means all PCCs are required to develop a list of ‘community remedies'..." I think most of us would be extremely pleased to hear of new legislation that requires all current PCC costs and salaries to be diverted to fund real front line Police Officers, whilst the incumbents are of course all sacked.

In the meanwhile perhaps those few asked these consultation questions could let our own Dorset PCC know in no uncertain terms what 'remedies' they want to see applied to illegal 'travellers' in the County - not that on plentiful 'liberal' evidence he will take a blind bit of notice!
Instead of "Recent legislation means all PCCs are required to develop a list of ‘community remedies'..." I think most of us would be extremely pleased to hear of new legislation that requires all current PCC costs and salaries to be diverted to fund real front line Police Officers, whilst the incumbents are of course all sacked. In the meanwhile perhaps those few asked these consultation questions could let our own Dorset PCC know in no uncertain terms what 'remedies' they want to see applied to illegal 'travellers' in the County - not that on plentiful 'liberal' evidence he will take a blind bit of notice! muscliffman
  • Score: 13

5:28pm Tue 17 Jun 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

make them work for you ! Then they won't re-offend.
make them work for you ! Then they won't re-offend. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 5

6:05pm Tue 17 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

What's a low level crime?
Nicking a sat nav from a PCC's car?
What's a low level crime? Nicking a sat nav from a PCC's car? BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

7:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

dustbindanny says...

Does this include so called 'travellers' who do what they like and are never charged with any offence Mr Underhill ?
Does this include so called 'travellers' who do what they like and are never charged with any offence Mr Underhill ? dustbindanny
  • Score: 8

7:22pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Chukki's uncle says...

Make the punishment an hour or two listening to the PCCs drivel.
Make the punishment an hour or two listening to the PCCs drivel. Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 10

7:52pm Tue 17 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

So this bloke gets a very well paided job then off loads all responsibility to the people that elected him after he convinced them he was competent ,get real your out of your depth .The heart sinks when you hear focus group, community service ,supervision orders whatever that means . Litter picking for mugging some poor old dear .Would be a start if you send the offenders back to where they come from they understand the culture and better placed to address the individuals problems.the local offenders Could stand guard on potential traveller sites wielding meat cleavers And air pistols
So this bloke gets a very well paided job then off loads all responsibility to the people that elected him after he convinced them he was competent ,get real your out of your depth .The heart sinks when you hear focus group, community service ,supervision orders whatever that means . Litter picking for mugging some poor old dear .Would be a start if you send the offenders back to where they come from they understand the culture and better placed to address the individuals problems.the local offenders Could stand guard on potential traveller sites wielding meat cleavers And air pistols kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

8:11pm Tue 17 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

To avoid community remedies running into costly legal legislation .let's hear what is avavailable then as the bloke with the mandate protect the people that elected you .you get the big bucks do the job you were elected to do
To avoid community remedies running into costly legal legislation .let's hear what is avavailable then as the bloke with the mandate protect the people that elected you .you get the big bucks do the job you were elected to do kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 6

8:42pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

loftusrod wrote:
Great news!
We can get the 'travellers' to clear up their own mess!
The new powers won't go that far.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: Great news! We can get the 'travellers' to clear up their own mess![/p][/quote]The new powers won't go that far. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

8:51pm Tue 17 Jun 14

dvdr says...

Chain gang, say six at a time, cleaning up litter. Males in pink outfits, females in purple. That will give us all chance to see who they are, and inspire us not to emulate them.
Chain gang, say six at a time, cleaning up litter. Males in pink outfits, females in purple. That will give us all chance to see who they are, and inspire us not to emulate them. dvdr
  • Score: 4

10:46pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Huey says...

A good hiding by local vigilante groups should send out a strong and clear message. Like neighbourhood watch on steroids.
A good hiding by local vigilante groups should send out a strong and clear message. Like neighbourhood watch on steroids. Huey
  • Score: 0

9:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

Rally says...

Bring back corporal punishment.
Bring back corporal punishment. Rally
  • Score: 0

10:50am Wed 18 Jun 14

Bournefre says...

Dress them up in PCSO costumes and make them patrol the streets.
Dress them up in PCSO costumes and make them patrol the streets. Bournefre
  • Score: 0

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