Statement in response to Daily Mirror article regarding community resolution

Date published: 08 June 2022 09:45
Dated: 08 June 2022 10:45:32

“When considering a Community Resolution as a possible outcome for sexual offences we take into account several factors. This includes but is not limited to the nature of the offence and the victim’s wishes.  

 “We treat all reports of sexual assaults seriously, but on occasion Community Resolution is an opportunity to divert offenders away from the criminal justice system and provide an effective, efficient and proportionate resolution. There is also growing evidence that early intervention and diversion can be highly effective at preventing reoffending and increasing victim satisfaction.  

 “The Community Resolution process is sometimes an appropriate outcome for cases involving child perpetrators, people with specific needs or learning difficulties or consensual relationships between teenagers. In many cases, there is a specific desire by the victims and their family for the perpetrator not to be put through the criminal justice system.

 “We regularly scrutinise and evaluate our performance, and our use of out of court disposals are routinely monitored for appropriateness and suitability to ensure we are providing the best outcomes for those affected by crime. We conduct regular internal assessments and we have a quarterly independent review panel which includes representatives from victim charities, Magistrates and CPS to ensure we are doing everything we can to support victims and that our use of out of court disposals is lawful and legitimate.

 “Protecting vulnerable people remains a force priority and we remain committed to bringing perpetrators of sexual offences to justice.”

 As additional guidance, of the 78 sexual offences where Community Resolution was used, none of these were for rape.

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