PCC and Force reaffirm commitment to restorative justice
As part of Restorative Justice Week, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Mike Veale have made a joint commitment to promote the benefits of restorative justice.
Restorative Justice is the communication between someone who has been harmed and the person who has harmed them.
This communication could be in the form of a meeting between both parties with a trained RJ facilitator, a letter or by messages passed through the RJ facilitator.
In April 2018, Mr Coppinger commissioned Restorative Cleveland, a dedicated restorative justice service responsible for ensuring victims have the right to take part in a restorative intervention should they wish.
Since then, the service has been awarded the prestigious Restorative Service Quality Mark and has dealt with over 70 cases – eight of which resulted in face-to-face meetings between the victim and the offender. Many remain on-going.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “Restorative justice continues to be an important part of my Police and Crime Plan and my on-going commitment to tackling Cleveland’s high rates of re-offending.
“That’s why I invested in Restorative Cleveland, to ensure victims across Cleveland have access to a high-quality service they can access at any time in their journey.
“Victims will always be at the heart of restorative justice, but if we can also help offenders see the impact of their crimes, I’m hopeful we will make a real difference.”
Cleveland’s Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, Alexandra Evison said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the restorative justice process as many people aren’t aware of it.
“It is such an important system which empowers victims and enables them to seek answers from offenders which then helps them to move forward with their life.
“As a Force we would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime who feels that this process can help them to contact our Restorative Justice team.”
The award-winning Restorative Cleveland service will officially launch on Friday 23 November at a conference at the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington.