UNDER new proposals victims will be given more say in how people who commit low-level crime and anti-social behaviour will be dealt with.

‘Community remedies’ would give police powers to deal with offenders outside court and would see offenders work within the neighbourhoods where their crimes were committed.

Ann O’Byrne Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner said: “I want people across Merseyside to tell me how they think offenders who commit low-level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with out of court.

“Community remedies are designed to reduce offending by encouraging offenders to face up to the consequences of their anti-social or criminal behaviour, to take responsibility for their actions and to appreciate the suffering they may have caused.

“That is why it is so important people get involved and share their views with me. I want to hear from as many people as possible over the next three weeks.”

The survey is part of Cllr O’Byrne’s ‘Putting Victims First’ consultation designed to improve the services on offer to victims of crime.

The 'community remedy' is designed to be appropriate to the offence. It will only be carried out in circumstances when the victim is happy to be involved and in cases when the offender has shown genuine remorse for their actions.

Failure to comply could see the offender face court action.

Have your say via merseysidepcc.info/home/get-involved/community-remedy.aspx