Sleaford Neighbourhood Policing Team is looking for around 10 volunteers to take part in future Community Justice Panel Meetings in Sleaford.
If you are interested in taking part contact PCSO Amy Michie on 07796262097 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
There will be a one day training course - the first being on Saturday October 12, 9.30am-3pm at Grantham Police Station (lunch is provided). There will be further training set up in the New Year if you cannot make this one.
The purpose of the Community Justice Panel Meetings is to enhance and develop community cohesion by accepting ownership of a problem and through community intervention and assistance seeking to resolve that problem, making the community a better place to live and work in.
It is a community led meeting held in a neutral venue that is safe for all participants.
It offers a structured intervention by trained facilitators to help people understand each other, find resolutions to conflict and repair the harm done.
All participants are given the opportunity to state their views, listen to and acknowledge the views of others.
Community Justice Panels are not advocacy, arbitration, counselling, guidance, mediation, advice given or investigative interviewing.
The objectives of the project are to prevent crime and reducing the fear of crime; bring together local victims, offenders, community members and criminal justice agencies in a safe environment to reach an agreed outcome using restorative justice.
The panel can tackle minor theft and damage, some public order and low level anti-social behaviour. The victim/harmed person will be asked questions, ie; what happened, what were you thinking/feeling at the time? The offender/wrongdoer will then be asked the same questions.
Having established the impact of the incident on the harmed person or local community, the facilitator will consider whether additional questions are needed then consider all elements of the case and explore the opportunities to resolve the case that all participants will agree to.
This could involve a form of apology, some activity to repay the victim or community, either with work or financially.
They could recommend a police caution, local courses or help with community organisations.
With an agreed solution it is hoped the crime will not re-occur.