Northamptonshire Police works closely with Northamptonshire Probation Trust in the field of restorative justice. Community Payback is a punishment which requires offenders sentenced to unpaid work to repay the community for their crimes. They have to carry out demanding work as a sentence from the courts for up to 300 hours. It is not a soft option. It restricts freedom and is labour intensive. It seeks to utilise the existing skills of those undertaking unpaid work and offers opportunities to other to develop new skills. If they are in full-time work or education they must give up one day at weekends to do Community Payback. Unemployed offenders will have to work for four full days a week.
The type of work includes:
- painting and decorating
- graffiti removal
- environmental improvements
- fencing and ground clearance
- improvements to parks and other community facilities
- work for local charities
Offenders have to wear orange Community Payback jackets to make the work more visible. They work in supervised groups or individually with voluntary organisations and other agencies. We make sure they are fully risk assessed, suitable to work in the community and carefully supervised.
Community Payback aims to:
- improve local communities
- reduce crime and the fear of crime
- be visible to local communities
- allow offenders to make a positive contribution
What difference does it make?
Community Payback is positive and cost effective. It gives offenders a chance to repay local communities for their crimes by doing work that benefits the area. It does not replace paid employment.
Community Payback website
If you have suffered from being a victim of crime. Get in touch with Victim Support.
Northamptonshire Police work in partnership with Victim Support. Victim Support are provided with the details of victims so that they can contact them on behalf of the Chief Constable and explain the support and other services which they are able to provide to victims of crime.
They can offer someone to talk to in confidence, information on police and court procedures, liaison with other organisations on behalf on victims, information on compensation and insurance matters, contact with other sources of help and Victim Support can arrange for volunteers to accompany people to the police station and to the court.
Your local Victim Support is at Angel Street, Northampton and may be contacted on 0300 303 1947 . The National Number for Victim Support is: 0845 3030 900, lines open 8am to 10pm.
Victim Support website
The Sunflower Centre offers support and advice to victims of domestic abuse. Contact us on 01604 233 684 or 01536 204 691.
Sunflower Centre website
The Sunflower Centres are located at:
14 Fish Street, Northampton, NN1 2AA
The TA Building, Elizabeth Street, Corby, NN17 1PN
This scheme is a community based crime prevention scheme, organised by Licensees with the support of the Police. It provides confidence, support and protection to Licensees and their premises, a message passing link between each other, improved communication between the Police and licensed trade and a forum for discussion and solution of problems relating to alcohol related violence, crime and drug misuse.
Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
Local authorities and members of their staff in Northampton and Kettering are working with the police in preventing and reducing crime and improving the quality of life for local people.
Northamptonshire Police has taken advantage of sections in the Police Reform Act 2002 that enables police forces to implement a Community Safety Accreditation Scheme where local authorities and employees are accredited (Accredited Persons) to help in improving community safety.
The initiative is being piloted in Northampton and Kettering where employees from each Borough Council respectively will have extra powers to tackle graffiti, abandoned cars and other anti-social behaviour.
Accredited Persons (APs) will be trained in the following range of powers, but it will depend on the role they perform and the location of their daily duties as to which powers they will be able to use:
Power to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering
Power to require giving name and address for a fixed penalty notice, offences causing injury, alarm or distress or loss of, or damage to, any other person's property and from a person acting in an anti-social manner
Alcohol consumption in designated public places
Confiscation of alcohol and tobacco from young people
The removal of abandoned vehicles
What is Accreditation?
Community Safety Accreditation Schemes have been introduced by Government legislation for the police service to accredit members of the extended police family, who are not employed by the police, with the intention of harnessing the commitment of those already involved in crime reduction and reassurance.
Accreditation comes in two parts – for the individual and for their employers, in this case local authorities. Accredited Persons will be existing employees with perhaps some newly created roles in the future.