At the Action Against Business Crime Conference held in Manchester on 28th April, Brighton & Hove BCRP won an award in the "Partnership Innovation" category. This prestigious award was given in recognition of its innovation and cooperation with other agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and improve public safety.
The Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership, working with the Early Intervention Group and The Youth Offending service, has embraced Restorative Justice as a method of reducing the number of people entering the criminal Justice System for the first time.
Recent legislation has promoted the use of Restorative Justice, which encourages offenders to make amends for the harm they have caused and face up to the consequences of their actions either directly with the victim or a representative of the victim.
Lisa Perretta, Business Crime Manager for the BCRP who accepted the award from the Chairman of Action Against Business Crime, Lord Dear, said: "The benefit of this project is to identify low level offenders at an early stage so interventions can take place to stop their offending from escalating and reduce the number of first time entrants into the Criminal Justice System. This is turn will send out a clear message across the city that ther eis no minimum threshold for low-level crimes and all will be considered unacceptable. Measures will be enforced to address low-level crime leading ultimately to see zero tolerance across the city of Brighton & Hove. Without this multi-agency approach the majority of these offences committed would have gone completely undetected. "
The award ceremony was sponsored by Professional Security Magazine and a full article will appear in June's edition.
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